Mayor: We can't release fraud report yet

2012-08-01 16:29

Durban - The eThekwini municipality is not ready to release a forensic report on fraud and corruption, Mayor James Nxumalo said in Durban on Wednesday.

"Releasing the report will prejudice the parties involved, including jeopardising the interests of the municipality," Nxumalo said.

An abridged version of the report was released by KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube in February.

The city was supposed to release the full contents of the report to political parties on July 16 and to the public on Tuesday.

‘DA playing politics’

Nxumalo said the report contained affidavits and information provided by whistleblowers who may be called to give evidence at the disciplinary hearings.

"Another important issue is that the anti-corruption task team is also investigating issues raised in that report and releasing it may compromise investigations," he said.

All political parties could make appointments to view the report in the municipal manager's office, but could not make copies of it, Nxumalo said.

"When the DA suggests that there is a cover up, they are playing politics because they were the first ones to make an appointment to view the report," he said.

Nxumalo said the report would not remain a secret and that the city was still committed to release it once all the processes were completed.

Accusations against senior officials

The probe was instituted after Auditor General Terence Nombembe said in his 2009/10 report that R532m had been irregularly spent by the municipality.

The investigation also contained accusations against a number of senior officials.

It found that 10 councillors had business interests with entities which conducted business with the eThekwini Municipality.

The Democratic Alliance and the National Freedom Party walked out of a closed, full council meeting on Monday when eThekwini city manager Sbu Sithole was to have discussed the report.

"The Democratic Alliance has made it clear that the party will play no part in any deliberations concerning the Manase report which are held in secret, as this particularly prevents any cogent decision being made by party members about any individual named in the report without a complete discovery," DA caucus leader Tex Collins said in a statement on Tuesday.

‘Individuals being protected’

He said the rights of the people to know the truth had been curtailed by Sithole's refusal to release the full and complete report in the mistaken belief that he was protecting those it named.

"It was on this basis that the members of the Democratic Alliance caucus left the meeting refusing to play any further part of a process regarded as flawed and contrary to... any transparent and democratic system of governance," Collins said.

NFP councillor Bongiwe Mtshali told the Mercury her party walked out of the meeting because it no longer wanted to be party to Sithole's "cover up".

"It now appears as if there are individuals who are being protected," she said.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-08-01 16:46

    still the vain search for a comrade who isn't a complete spear continues. anything to say anc sheeple?

      Vince.York - 2012-08-01 21:05

      None of them have discovered 'John Galt' yet, let alone know the importance around him. Who IS John Galt?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-01 17:04

    Nothing new. The devil always looks after his own!

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-08-01 17:04

    Senior ANC Government cadres involved in fraud and SA crime statistics: the real reasons the ANC politicians need a Secrecy Bill: "To protect the South African public from knowing exactly how their hard earned tax monies are being squandered by their politicians"

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-08-01 17:09

    it sounds to me like he hasn't had an opportunity to sufficiently intimidate the whistle blowers and destroy the documented evidence contained in the report yet... no report highlighting corruption in the ANC should ever be release to the opposition until at least those two things have been done...

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-01 19:05 know them too well.

  • justin.massyn - 2012-08-01 17:15

    Should not read - Mayor: We can't release fraud report yet. Should read - Mayor: the useless cadre, refuses to release fraud report as it will yet again high-lite to the sheep how utterly corrupt they are. We cant have that now can we. It's actually mind boggling how incompetent and devious this whole bunch of ministers are....

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-02 10:31

      could have not said it any better

  • Simon Patrick Ric-Hansen - 2012-08-01 17:25

    Everyone knows there is fraud in the municipality. Any idiot can see the bus and the billing system projects have cost millions and delivered nothing. They are just using this as an excuse to prevent the actual culprits being named.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-01 17:27

    Mr Mayor surely now your responsibility is to hand the results of this forensic audit to the cops so that the public prosecutor can now do his job.....Unless of course.......

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-02 03:17

      You think the prosecution's not tainted by Zuma and his thugs? Look at what's going on with the Richard Mdluli saga, not to mention the decision by the NPA to nolle prosequi the corruption case against the pres himself...

  • christopher.wright.908347 - 2012-08-01 17:30

    If you commit fraud you lose your job and have criminal procedures bought against you; That is the law. How much time does the anti-corruption team need to investigate? The rot is everywhere! Get the report out and take action.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-08-01 17:36

    Ha,,what a joke!! Now I wonder why?? He is about as guilty as a fox with a chicken feather sticking out the corner of its mouth.

  • White.Tiger.Diamond.Paw - 2012-08-01 17:51

    I think the ANC was designed as a liberation movement and cannot handle the administrative responsibilities that come with running a country, next time I vote I'm going to vote for a party that can not only assure me of a corruption free government but one that will actually follow through bearing in mind our ugly past and my need to find a place in society as a black man..

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-01 17:52

    Name and shame - too many fraudsters get away with their evil deeds.

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-08-01 18:18


  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-08-01 21:05

    no longer known as Dirty Durban - it's now Filthy Rotten Durban!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-08-02 10:10

    And people still vote this god-damn party.... eish... SHM!!

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-02 10:30

    and yet people continue to vote for the anc!!!!

  • dannymothilall.danny - 2012-08-20 07:15

    seems to be definitely a COVER-UP.why is the mayor scared-scared because they are guilty of fraud.I say make the Manase report public-let the whole world know How corrupt the ANC Government is.

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