‘Manase report abused’

2012-09-04 00:00

THE DA intends turning to the courts and to national government in order to ensure the release of the full version of a damning forensic report on irregularities amounting to R2 billion in the eThekwini metro.

Since Co-operative Governance MEC Nomsa Dube released a summary of the Manase report in February, eight months have elapsed while the metro was supposed to be taking action against offenders and correcting defects in the management of the city.

The Manase report summary released is “like a bikini”, DA shadow minister for co-operative governance John Steenhuisen said yesterday — it exposes a lot, while keeping the most important parts hidden.

The DA claims that city manager S’bu Sithole is incapable of solving the problem and that the report is being abused by politicians to get at their enemies in the run-up to the ANC leadership elections at the end of the year.

A court application for the full report to be released will be submitted as soon as possible, according to Dean Macpherson, the DA’s chief whip in the council.

Meanwhile, the party has invited residents, civic organisations and trade unions to participate in a march to the city hall on October 9.

Informal settlement residents are now “beginning to see the connection between the Manase report and the lack of service delivery”, said Macpherson.

Releasing the report at this stage will not only expose whistleblowers, but could also thwart the task team’s investigation, said metro spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng.

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