Action on city power thieves

2010-12-16 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is helping the Msunduzi Municipality to institute criminal action against private companies that colluded with municipal officials in stealing electricity from the beleaguered council through “Operation Pitbull”.

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube announced this in reply to questions about the state of affairs within the Msunduzi Municipality during a press conference in Durban yesterday.

Msunduzi Municipality lost millions of rands through illegal connections by private companies who were allegedly aided by some senior managers within the municipality.

The illegal connections were discovered after investigations that were carried out soon after the city was put under Cogta-appointed administrator Johann Mettler.

Dube told reporters, “There are also ongoing investigations regarding the irregularities that allegedly took place in supply chain management.

“Although there is great financial improvement from the R250 million deficit to the current R58 million surplus, we are not there yet.

“We still have to translate the good administration we had achieved in the last six months to the service delivery,” Dube said.

The MEC encouraged the residents of the city to return to the tradition of taking part in attempts to bring it back to its glory years as the City of Choice, saying that “things worsened when residents backed down from participation in the governance of the municipality”.


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