Regional ANC backs decision to keep corruption report under wraps

2012-08-15 12:58

The ANC’s eThekwini region – which exercises political control over the Durban Metro – has backed council’s decision to refuse to make public the Manase Report into corruption and maladministration within the city.

At a briefing today, regional chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo, who is also KZN health MEC, and secretary Bheki Ntshangase, both reiterated their structure’s backing for the city’s continued blackout on the report, which nails nine senior managers, 123 junior employees and 10 councillors for corruption.

Both backed the city’s argument that the report – parts of which have been selectively released by the city to nail its former municipal manger, Mike Sutcliffe, and several of his senior management team members and justify decisions not to renew their contracts – should only be made public once the city had finished implementing its recommendations.

Dlomo said the ANC “might’’ decide to take its own internal disciplinary action against its councillors implicated in doing business with the city, among them exco members tasked with implementing Manase’s recommendations.

“If we believe that the sanction is not heavy enough for our members deployed in council found to be involved in wrongdoing then we will take our own action at the end of the process,” Dlomo said.

Ntshangase said releasing the report now before council had finished its work would both prejudice council workers implicated in the report and endanger the city’s interests.

The region – the largest and more politically and economically influential in the ANC – also reiterated its support for a second term for President Jacob Zuma, saying it backed the current national executive committee under his leadership.

“Our organisation and country is in the right hands under him. It is for the first time that we have all provinces focusing on a presidential infrastructure commission. We have also seen the process of implementation of the National Health Insurance under the very same leadership and the implementation of the National Planning Commission,’’ he said.

“We see no reason to doubt his leadership moving forward. We have confidence in the leadership that was elected in Polokwane,’’ Ntshangase added.

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