Councillors may face suspension

2018-07-19 06:01

THREE African National Congress (ANC) councillors in the Ray Nkonyeni Municiplity (RNM) may face suspension if found to have directly benefited from the R 35 million allegedly lost to irregular spending during the merger between Ezinqoleni Municipality and Hibiscus Coast Municipality.

A source close to the Fever claims that the municipality is in receipt of the report from the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs indicating that verification of the project has been finalised and the report has been forwarded to the RNM Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC).

The Fever also has knowledge of the names of the councillors who have been implicated.

The source said those councillors could face suspension before the final comprehensive investigation report is presented to the municipal council at the July council meeting.

Another reliable source said the municipality would have to give them seven days to provide reasons as to why they should not be placed on “precautionary suspension for corruption”.

“They are known now, the mayor Cynthia Mqwebu and the speaker Doctor Njoko should act, and they [councillors] must explain why they stole it [money],” the source said.

Following a thorough investigations by the municipality last year, Babazane Zindela was the first to be axed.

Zindela, a head of department (technical services) at the former Ezinqoleni Municipality was allegedly dismissed in connection with irregular expenditure and not following correct procedures when awarding tenders.

The Auditor-General found that R 24 million from municipal funds had been spent irregularly.

Two service providers were paid R 12 million each and proper supply chain management processes were not followed.

It has been revealed that construction of a community hall, an access road, and a sport field were paid for, but they don’t exist.

RNM Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu confirmed to the Fever that all those implicated would be dealt with.

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