Zuma orders SIU probe into Msunduzi municipality

2016-03-30 17:17
President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (Photo: GCIS)

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Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday ordered the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to probe a number of discrepancies at the Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

In a statement, the Presidency said a number of "serious matters" would be raised at the Pietermaritzburg-based municipality.

The Presidency said the SIU was authorised to investigate allegations surrounding:

- Serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the municipality;

- Improper or unlawful conduct by councillors, officials or employees of the municipality;

- Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property;

- Unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property;

- Intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property;

- Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property.

Commenting on the investigation, municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the municipality "appreciates the recent developments from the Presidency".

"Council will co-operate with whatever legal investigations conducted by the state and its organs. As previously stated, Msunduzi Municipality believes in a clean, transparent and accountable administration. At this present moment, council requests that all media houses refer their questions to the Special Investigating Unit as the investigating body in this matter."

DA leader in the provincial government and Pietermaritzburg resident, Sizwe Mchunu, welcomed the investigation saying internal politics had hampered service delivery in the area.

"The ANC internal divisions have impacted negatively on the functioning of the municipality, both politically and administratively. There is also a lot of external political influence on municipality. I hope this investigation brings some sense to the area.

"It should ensure the ratepayers interests are well taken care of. For now it seems we have a municipality stuck on political issues and infighting. The DA welcomes the investigation and hopes the findings are made public for the sake of the ratepayers."

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