Manase report due out in December

2012-08-16 00:00

THE ANC has promised to release a controversial report that found evidence of corruption across the board in eThekwini Municipality.

But Durban residents desperate for the contents of the explosive audit by Manase & Associates will first have to wait for officials to conclude all internal disciplinary hearings.

And that may take a while, given that 132 employees, of varying degrees of seniority, have been implicated.

“We have given ourselves to complete the processes by December,” said mayor and ANC regional spokesperson James Nxumalo. He was addressing a press conference yesterday at the ANC offices in the city centre, where the party’s new regional leaders were introduced to the media.

A statement delivered by regional secretary Bheki Ntshangase skimmed over the issue of the forensic report, even though the invitation to the gathering seemed to suggest an important announcement was on the cards.

Instead, the region’s executive, including chairperson and Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, gave a scripted response almost identical to the municipality’s stated position — that the Manase report would not be released until the conclusion of all disciplinary hearings.

Dhlomo said the committee was satisfied with the municipality’s progress and acknowledged that disciplinary proceedings were under way.

Earlier this year, Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube made public an abridged version of the report, which contained allegations of maladministration by officials, including former city boss Mike Sutcliffe.

Problem areas centred mainly on the housing department and Metro police, and generally echoed previous concerns raised by the Auditor-General and another forensic company, Ngubane & Co.

Dube’s actions prompted swift and angry retaliation from Sutcliffe, who also came to the defence of other key former colleagues identified by Manase.

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