Manase: DA lays charges

2013-09-05 00:00

TEN current and former Durban officials who were named in the Manase report are set to be investigated for fraud and corruption.

The report covered several departments of the eThekwini Municipality.

In July, the municipality released the more than 7 000 pages of the report to The Witness after a successful PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) application.

This week, DA eThekwini caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango laid charges against the officials.

The four councillors, three former councillors, two ward committee members and one ordinary official were charged with fraud and corruption related to the unlawful sale of RDP houses.

“The selling of the low-cost houses was a criminal act, but police were reluctant to open the case. Police were telling us that we are not the complainants in the matter. They asked us to leave, but we threatened to take them to the high court for their refusal to open the case. It’s a criminal matter that needs to be investigated,” Mncwango said.

Police spokesperson Captain Khephu Ndlovu said police did not refuse to open the case, but had merely pointed out that their legal department would have to look at the finer details and take into consideration that the Manase report was not a public document yet. He added that the police needed legal assistance with formulating the charges.

Mncwango said he had asked the municipality’s speaker, Logie Naidoo, to launch an internal investigation into those councillors who still held office.

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