Parties happy, but want sight of report

2012-02-08 00:00

POLITICAL parties in eThekwini welcomed the release of the forensic report on investigations into allegations of corruption and maladministration at the Metro.

They’ve heard what’s contained in the report, but many would be more comfortable having an actual copy in their hands, so they could hold the powers that be accountable and ensure that the recommendations are carried out.

Many said the report re­iterated what they have long known and had on numerous occasions alerted the council to.

Tex Collins (Democratic Alliance) said the seriousness of the report could not be underestimated and Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube must be applauded for her principled stance. “This report will undoubtedly provide the answers to many of the questions the Democratic Alliance and indeed the residents of Durban have been asking, over an extended period of time.”

Patrick Pillay of the Minority Front said the report was just the tip of the iceberg. He called on the municipality to act decisively to “arrest the rot that has set in”.

Mduduzi Nkosi (Inkatha Freedom Party) said the release of the report was low-key, suggesting that information was being withheld or some individuals were being protected. “We demand that the report must be released to the public and the councillors … must be given copies”.

Wayne Thring (ACDP) said he was pleasantly surprised at the amount of detail in the report. “I think many of us were expecting a whitewash. However, the report gave details on the wasteful expenditure and how laws like the MFMA were contravened and how rules and regulations were flouted. It was very thorough and I am cautiously optimistic that at last we are on a better footing in this war on corruption. Our fortitude is going to be tested in the next few weeks,” he said.

The ANC, the ruling party in the metro, also welcomed the report.

ANC secretary-general Sihle Zikalala said it was his organisation that had called on MEC Dube to investigate the municipality.

He said the ANC supported the recommendations.

Councillors who were presented the report in an in-committee meeting said there was a hush in the chamber.

Opposition councillors explained that before any discussion could take place, the ANC moved that the report go to the executive committee. It will be asked to report back to the next meeting on Wednesday, February 29.

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