Whistleblower disciplined by ANC again

2015-06-02 16:12
Mandla Ngcobo (The Witness)

Mandla Ngcobo (The Witness)

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Durban - Corruption whistleblower and Harry Gwala District Municipality councillor Mandla Ngcobo will be hauled before an ANC disciplinary committee for lifting the lid on what he described as “the looting of public funds”.

This is the second time Ngcobo has incurred the wrath of his party, first facing disciplinary action in December 2014.

The ANC had purportedly forced him to resign as the speaker of the municipality.

It is understood that he now faces fresh charges, including that of leaking sensitive information to the media.

Ngcobo broke ranks in May and wrote to President Jacob Zuma, pleading with him to intervene in the matter.

Ngcobo, who refused to speak to News24, said in the letter to Zuma that he raised his concerns before the council and even sought to obtain a high court order ­preventing further payment of a R22m security tender that almost doubled without reason.

The security contract is at the heart of irregular expenditure at the municipality that amounts to hundreds of millions of rands.

Early last year, when Ngcobo’s suspicions were aroused, he raised the issue with the Harry Gwala executive committee and referred it to the Municipal Public Accounts Committee.

He also raised the alarm with various arms of his own party, as well as the MEC for Cooperative Governance and even went to court to try and stop the municipality from paying the company anything more.

His suspicions regarding the award of the security tender appear bolstered by an internal National Treasury report into the award, which has been obtained by News24.


The report highlighted a raft of inconsistencies in the award, and noted that the monthly fee paid by the municipality swelled by almost 150% without any sort of bidding process or approval.

The report, dated February, makes recommendations that the Municipal Manager should report serious allegations to the police.

“There are allegations that some councillors received payments from the bank account of K&M Security... and that the company unduly benefited from the municipality by using unregistered guards [not registered with the Private Security Industry Regulating Authority].”

“The accounting officer should report to the SAPS allegations that municipal officials received payments from the security company.”

K&M management had previously referred all comment to the Harry Gwala District Municipality, citing that they were not authorised to deal with the media.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo closed ranks, insisting that it would be imprudent to comment on the charges that Ngcobo faces.

“This gentleman will again have to appear before a disciplinary committee later this month and that fact makes it very difficult to comment on some of the issues surrounding his conduct,” he said.  

“We need to be cognisant of the fact that he [Ngcobo] still needs to appear before the committee and we don’t want anything that is said in the press to influence outcome of that sitting.”

“It would be best to allow internal processes to unfold and we may be in a position to comment at some point in the future,” Khuzwayo said.

Harry Gwala District Municipality municipal manager Nandi Dlamini said the District Municipality was due to receive a draft forensic investigation report which would be discussed with National Treasury before June 12 2015.

Subsequent to that, she said, the municipality would table the report to the Executive Committee and Council for endorsement.

“The matter has not been reported to the police because we have decided that until the forensic investigation has been completed allegations of criminal impropriety are unsubstantiated and it would be irresponsible for the Municipality to report any such allegations to the relevant authorities at this stage,” she said.

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