DA questions Durban cop’s ‘opulent lifestyle’

2008-05-05 00:00

The Democratic Alliance yesterday released a statement concerning the “opulent lifestyle” enjoyed by Durban Metro Police Sergeant S’bu Mpisane, and the fact that his R15,5 million La Lucia home is allegedly undervalued on the eThekwini valuation roll.

“It is our understanding that moonlighting is not permitted in terms of the Metro Police regulations and we are therefore somewhat surprised that Mpisane has been able to amass a fortune while at the same time being a full-time Metro policeman.”

The DA said they will pursue the matter with council.

Concerning the home’s valuation, the DA said: “An examination of the valuation roll details for Mpisane’s property, situated at 88 Addison Drive in La Lucia, shows a market value of only R2,8 million. It is our information that the property was purchased for the handsome sum of R17 million.”

A report in Weekend Witness put the figure at R15,5 million.

Asked to comment, eThekwini municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe said there is nothing that prohibits eThekwini employees from engaging in side businesses.

“I do not know what the DA means by moonlighting. However, our employees are allowed to engage in other businesses and private work as long as they have been granted permission to do so … one of the things we look at before granting it, is that the side businesses should not conflict with their positions,” he said.

Asked whether permission was granted to Mpisane, Sutcliffe said there is an investigation under way. On Mpisane’s house being undervalued, he said the property is one of the many subject to a review process. “I thus find it strange that the DA would want to pre-empt that process,” he said.

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