Rates forum advocate questions Dirks’s motives

2011-06-16 00:00

THE Msunduzi Rates Forum (MRF) has come out in support of Premier Zweli Mkhize while questioning why former deputy mayor Mervyn Dirks is “suddenly launching a scathing attack on the premier and his family”.

The MRF issued a statement yesterday in response to yesterday’s Witness front page report that Dirks has broken his silence and spoken out about tender manipulation at the municipality.

Dirks alleged that companies linked to the premier’s wife and relatives were the local partners in s dodgy R240 million smart meter contract.

Advocate Ashin Singh said the MRF fully supports Mkhize’s strong stance against corruption and the firm and decisive action he has taken to deal with the problems in Pietermaritzburg.

“Premier Mkhize together with provincial Co-operative Governance MEC Nomsa Dube and Finance MEC Ina Cronjé have personally led the intervention process, ensuring the removal of officials and politicians who, whether by commission or omission, were complicit in the collapse of the municipality.

“As a result the Premier and his family have come under personal attack.”

Singh noted that Dirks was part and parcel of the leadership under whose watch the city had suffered its financial and administrative collapse.

He said Dirks was conspicuous by his silence and now suddenly launches such a scathing attack on the Premier and his family.

“We question Dirks’s motives and bona fides and note that none of the investigations carried out into corruption and maladministration into the previous leadership of the municipality have been completed as yet,”said Singh.

He said the MRF is interested to know why Dirks had not co-operated previously with the various investigation teams and why he hadn’t spoken about other instances of corruption relating to employment, tenders, the sale of council property and the non-collection of municipal debt

“As the MRF we will remain vigilant of any attempt to derail the intervention process,” said Singh.

“We will remain vigilant of hidden agendas and smear campaigns designed to attack the very people who are attempting to fight the scourge of corruption.”

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