March for action on corrupt officials

2010-07-19 00:00

COSATU and the SACP in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday called for more power to be given to the South African Police Force to investigate corruption in the Msunduzi Municipality.

They made the call during their march against corruption, which they dubbed End Corruption Coalition, in the city centre on Saturday.

About 100 toyi-toyiing workers and communists, who included Young Communist League members, marched from Freedom Square in Church Street to the legislature building in Langalibalele Street at about 11 am.

Deputy secretary for Cosatu in Pietermaritzburg, Louw Dladla, said the march was also against corruption at state-owned Ithala Bank.

“The government money is being squandered by senior officials instead of helping the poor. We want more people to be fired from the Msunduzi Municipality. We want more investigations to be conducted. This march will bring change because it is a rolling mass action,” he said.

It was reported last month the Ithala Bank CEO dubiously awarded a R169 million tender to the Durban-based Bombe Chitey construction company.

Former Msunduzi mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo and other senior councillors were recalled from their positions following allegations of corruptions, which nearly caused a breakdown in service delivery.

The marchers had planned to hand their three-page memorandum to Speaker of the Legislature Peggy Nkonyeni, instead, a senior official in her office was sent as she had other engagements.

The memorandum called for a review of the tender system to prevent corruption. It also called for the empowerment of the police to investigate.

“Not every government service must be converted into a tender. Prior to a tender being awarded, an assessment must be made on whether there iscapacity to do such work already or not on the part of government or within communities targeted for such service delivery,” said the memorandum.

Government officials running private business, were also identified as a cause of corruption.


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