Opposition parties call on Hawks to probe graft claims against Mkhizes

2011-06-17 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance and Inkatha Freedom Party have called on the Hawks to investigate an allegation by former Msunduzi deputy mayor Mervyn Dirks that the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region micro-managed the municipality to award KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize’s family a multi-million rand contract.

This and other serious allegations made by Dirks form the basis of DA KZN local government spokesperson George Mari’s urgent appeal to Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube to bring in the big guns.

Mari’s comments come after Dirks spoke openly this week to the media about the corruption that brought Msunduzi to its knees last year.

He said, “The DA is extremely concerned by the latest claims, particularly given that they involve the province’s most politically influential family, and believe that the involvement of the Hawks is warranted.

“The MEC’s earlier pronouncements on rooting out fraud and corruption will now be put to the test. She needs to act immediately and make decisions which may make her unpopular.

“We appeal to the MEC to ensure that a full audit is conducted and that the results of this investigation are disclosed without fear or favour.”

Mari confirmed that the DA would submit parliamentary questions to the MEC.

An IFP MP in Pietermaritzburg, Velaphi Ndlovu, said his party is calling for Dirks to be put under witness protection for the Hawks to investigate the allegations without political interference.

“We request Dirks to stand by his statements in order to prove beyond reasonable doubt as to who the corrupt are, which made Msunduzi go into debt,” Ndlovu said.

He also called on the Hawks to investigate Themba Dumisani Jethro Mbona, the driver of ANC regional executive committee secretary Supa Zuma,who was found guilty this week of torching the ANC offices in Pietermaritzburg.

This investigation would enable the Hawks to get to the core of corruption in Msunduzi Municipality, he added.

Ndlovu urged local leaders of the ANC and its alliance partners to name the corrupt officials and stand by members of the ruling party “who are against the deployment of the people who are corrupt into council positions”.

He said said the residents of Pietermaritzburg should take note that some of the people that are in charge of the city are corrupt to the core.

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