Progress in eThekwini forensic probe

2012-06-22 12:07

Durban - A progress report on the findings of a forensic probe into alleged fraud in the eThekwini municipality was presented to the municipality's council on Thursday.

The council noted disciplinary processes against senior management and staff allegedly involved would be finalised most likely by the end of August, the municipality said in a statement.

New cases had also arisen from the auditor general's interim report and the municipality's own internal investigation.

"In this regard the city manager has been mandated to forward the names of councillors to the office of the speaker for disciplinary processes once all cases have been verified."

Those which related to officials would be submitted to the executive committee, and for the city manager to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

Tender irregularities

The probe, by auditors Manase and Associates, found numerous irregularities in the awarding of tenders and that councillors were involved in entities which did business with the municipality.

The probe was commissioned by the provincial co-operative governance department. KwaZulu-Natal local government MEC Nomusa Dube announced the findings on February 7.

The council decided not to renew the contracts of deputy city manager for infrastructure Derek Naidoo, and deputy city manager for safety and security Bheki Mkhize.

"Their last day of employment is the 30th of June 2012. Further, [it was decided] that the portions of allegations in the Manase report related to Mr Naidoo be forwarded to him by the city manager by the 15th of July," the municipality said.

The council reserved the right to pursue civil claims, and possibly criminal charges were warranted against Naidoo.

Steps taken to stabilise the Durban metropolitan police were thus far satisfactory, the council said.

Cases related to the drivers' licence scam, nepotism and irregular recruitment would also be finalised and expedited before the end of August.

Dube said on February 7 that there was substance to allegations that 30 trainee metro police constables had been referred to illegal driving schools by metro police college instructors.

Fourteen metro police officers were found to be running taxis.

"These police officers were identified because they had outstanding fines ranging from R5 100 to R117250," she said.

  • Henk - 2012-06-22 12:36

    So the presentation about corruption is being presented to the corrupt! Makes to streamline their corrupt activities...

      Kala - 2012-06-22 12:55

      And they call it progress!

  • Kala - 2012-06-22 12:38

    South Africa is like an alien space ship. Everything is getting probed. I think these corrupt politicians should be made to pay back every sent they steal from us. If they don't have the money then there are plenty of potholes to be fixed, hospital floors and toilets to be cleaned, litter to pick up. I'm so tired of the slap on the wrist approach adopted by the anc.

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-06-22 12:54

    Skelms. end of.

  • - 2012-06-22 16:29

    SO!!!!! Now I know why the Metro Police were told to go easy on the taxi drivers........ they were owned by the police!!! Now it all makes sense (quite honestly not much makes sense these days. Wonder who owes the R117250?? On a positive note, at least some of the corruption and those guilty have been stopped. Keep going Durban Metro, maybe we can get as clean as Western Cape. After that, Gauteng could be cleaned up, we could have a qualified Police chief, the toll problem could be solved and Bafana Bafana could get back into the top 50 in the world. Huh? What's that? My coffee's cold?? I must have been dreaming.

  • deepchund.ramchurren - 2012-06-22 17:37

    The City Manager must speed up the disciplinary process and suing of officials.Let the scum bags be exposed and made to pay for their greed. There are many more "bribe takers" in Concil hiding and keeping a low profile. Your turn is coming.

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