Cope vows to expose dodgy Msunduzi councillors, asks for public help

2010-02-23 00:00

Congress of the People (Cope) in Pietermaritzburg have vowed to release damning information about Msunduzi Municipality councillors who have not declared their business interests and expose nepotism in job appointments.

Speaking during a press briefing in their offices in the city yesterday, secretary of the Umgungundlovu Cope regional structure, Mxolisi Mdlumbini, said that in light of the municipality’s financial state there are 38 councillors in the council that have not declared their business interest. He said that this non-compliance with the Municipal Systems Act of 2000 has led to a situation where senior councillors are doing business with the municipality under “dubious circumstances with some debt collecting companies”.

“What is sad about the situation is that it does not only siphon monies out of the municipalities who have to pay exorbitant amounts to the debt collectors but communities are directly affected by this cruel parasitic relationship between councillors and business,” said Mdlumbini.

He said that the names of the councillors doing business with the municipality are known to the party and will be released in due course. But first they invited the public to expose scams.

Similarly, he said that Cope calls on the members of the public who have been overlooked for job opportunities allegedly because of their party affiliations to come forward. This will allow the ANC councillors in the municipality to deny the allegations before exposing them, said Mdlumbini.

The party said that the council’s financial state was saddening, citing that the R240 million smart metre tender contributed to it as well as the council losing R90 million in revenue, amongst other things.

However, Msunduzi Municipality ANC councillors, who wished not to be named, said that most of the councillors that are listed as not having have declared their business interests, do not own any businesses but are listed under this category because they have no information to declare.

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