Public Protector probes uMzimkhulu Municipality

2017-10-04 21:16
Busisiwe Mkhwebane (Gallo)

Busisiwe Mkhwebane (Gallo)

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Johannesburg – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is investigating allegations of maladministration, corruption and the mismanagement of public funds by the uMzimkhulu Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, her office announced on Wednesday.

The allegations relate to the appointment and payment of service providers for the refurbishment of the dilapidated uMzimkhulu Memorial Hall, spokesperson Cleopatra Mosana said in a statement.

Mkhwebane held a meeting with the Mayor of uMzimkhulu Local Municipality Mphuthumi Mpabanga on Tuesday.

"After the discussions, a resolution was taken that there should be no further expenditure of public funds incurred towards the refurbishment of the uMzimkhulu Memorial Hall and that the project should be put on hold, pending the conclusion of the Public Protector's investigation," Mosana said.

The outcome of the investigation is expected to be released in December.

Mkhwebane also condemned the violence and the killing of councillors, which was alleged to be linked to the project.

Corruption and nepotism

During the funeral service of former ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, a close friend of his Less Stuta alleged that corruption and nepotism were rampant in the municipality.

"Magaqa did not like looting in Umzimkhulu," he said at the time to mourners.

He claimed that Magaqa came to him with documents that revealed millions was paid - over three consecutive days - to a company building a hall in uMzimkhulu.

The police are investigating whether Magaqa's killing was politically motivated. 

Mpabanga would not be drawn on whether the murder was politically motivated or not.

"I don't want to speculate whether the killings in the council are politically motivated or not until the perpetrators of the killings are brought to book," he said shortly after Magaqa's death, adding that he was not aware of any political tensions in the municipality.

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