DA will use law to get Manase report out

2012-03-05 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal will apply to use the Access to Information Act to force the full release of the Manase report into alleged fraud and corruption in the eThekwini municipality.

DA’s spokesperson on Cogta, George Mari, said the application would be lodged at month end if KZN Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube has not released the entire Manase Commission report by then.

The party believes that failure to have done so thus far smacks of a cover-up. Last month Dube released the report to the eThekwini Metro Council after the completion of the Manase Commission.

It was instituted last year to conduct forensic investigations relating to alleged fraud and corruption within eThekwini Municipality.

Only some portions of the report were released to the public.

Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the department was confident that no procedures were transgressed by the MEC when releasing the report.

“The MEC released the report to the council’s executive committee, which has members from different political parties,” he said.

“The council was given 21 days to act upon the recommendations of the investigations and as far as we are concerned everything is going accordingly.”

Mari said by not releasing the full report to the council, the MEC’s “ongoing stalling tactics are disappointing and smack of a cover-up … The DA strongly condemns the claim by the ANC that the release of this document will lead to the municipality being sued by officials. This excuse is a complete contradiction, when certain senior officials have already been named and shamed,” Mari said.

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