ANC backs withholding of fraud report

2012-08-15 19:15

Durban - The ANC in the eThekwini region has backed the municipality's decision not to release the full contents of a forensic report on fraud and corruption.

Releasing the report would be unfair to the parties involved and endanger the interests of the municipality, Durban ANC chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Wednesday.

"The eThekwini regional executive committee supports the council's decision not to publish the Manase report whilst the process of implementation is still in progress," he said.

"The ANC will always be biased to the worker rights and therefore don't believe that workers should be subjected to public scrutiny."

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 in July.

However, on 1 August, Mayor James Nxumalo said the full report would not be released, as this would prejudice those involved.

Nxumalo said the municipality was hoping to make the full report public by the end of December, when all disciplinary processes had been completed.

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

Accusations against a number of senior officials were made.

According to Nombembe's report 10 councillors had business interests with entities conducting business with the eThekwini municipality.

Dhlomo said former city manager Michael Sutcliffe was welcome to raise any issues in the report he was uncomfortable with - within ANC structures.

The Manase report reportedly found Sutcliffe had contravened the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act by not reporting fraud and corruption.

It concluded Sutcliffe failed to report the crimes, which had been raised in a previous report, to the police. According to the document, he only dealt with the matters two years later, costing the municipality R1.1m.

Earlier this year Sutcliffe announced he would sue current city manager Sbu Sithole for R8m in damages.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-15 19:23

    Ofcourse you do

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-15 19:53

      Correct, it's all their members. Looks like the cANCer is now a higher authority then the council. When does SAPS step in????

      kim.buren - 2012-08-15 19:59

      Mmmmmmm that is because some ministers name is in the contents of that forensic report

      smith.mbele.7 - 2012-08-15 20:03

      So in South Africa it is ok to stay silent about crime? Or in simple terms the root of coruption and fraud in ths country is the anc! No surprises!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-15 20:25

      until december??? is it because they are waiting for the mangaung outcome???? let me guess,if you vote for us, we would not prosecute you or whatever the anc does to these sort of people (like tickle them and lick their....)

      Kganetsi Gusteau - 2012-08-15 21:35

      hei...hei...hei suprise where u people live or ua all so clueless abt the late december release,if it is released now it will do sum damage to the shower man's ambition for the second term finish n klaar but once he is done with mangaung then he careless they can release it

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-15 19:27

    WTF?? this is the only country where corruption and fraud are dealt with "internal disciplinary process". in any other (civilized) country frausters and corrupt officials (AKA thieves) are prosecuted and locked up.

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-15 19:45

    mnxm who cares we all know what happen in that province

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-15 19:47

    So the thieves, they are ok. What about the money that was stolen, just don't name them, we in this country must have lost the plot.

      Chris - 2012-08-15 20:02

      India, reported in the press , according to one of their ministers it is ok to steal a little bit if you work well

  • Adil Smit - 2012-08-15 19:50

    You will know the truth and the truth will set you free?

  • Robin - 2012-08-15 19:50

    Its our money we desrve to know you Fcing thieves!

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-15 19:52

    "Releasing the report would be unfair to the parties involved and endanger the interests of the municipality" Read: Until all the cover-ups and re-deployments and wiping under the carpet has been done.

  • kingkongVB - 2012-08-15 19:56

    hahaahah the prezzi just wanted to know who he has to ask for his cut. Lessons learned never undercut the big boss. When you steal share or he will find out

  • Chris - 2012-08-15 20:00

    What an amazing surprise , the 'turd' world wins again .

  • ferero.roche.96 - 2012-08-15 20:03

    Name and shame and own up... you ARE accountable...or NOT??? Sies ANC

  • rupert.vansittert - 2012-08-15 20:06

    The cANCer covering again?

  • alan.w.nass - 2012-08-15 20:06

    typical. The main party involved is the taxpayer u idiot. Another anc coverup. U should be arrested for defeting the ends of justice. For how long do u think we are just going to take this crap. In some countrys thieves get their hands chopped off. U guys get a bonus??

  • merkwaardig - 2012-08-15 20:11

    WikiLeaks please?

  • Sefiri William Ngoasheng - 2012-08-15 20:19

    DA n Thuli Madonsela should intervene. jst hw many youth could've been hired with all ths Millions 1 person pockets? ths clowns shud repay n get fired

  • daniel.w.gie - 2012-08-15 20:41

    this is a criminal act ......period . The Corrupt cops must take action and arrest the corrupt workers ....simple .

  • Erna - 2012-08-15 20:53

    They have no shame. Isn't there a law against hiding a crime? But we all know the anc is above the law - look how the president has escaped his day in court on a mere technicality.

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-15 21:03

    stop using our tax money until the disciplinary process has been completed...bloody thieves

  • julian.knight.7 - 2012-08-15 21:12

    Yes good idea don’t release it until after the next election. You would not want the voters to know the truth!

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-08-16 00:43

    If you have something to hide you wouldn't want corruption report to be published. The president should get involved and the heads should roll from head down.Municipality leaders who are stealing courses poor service delivery which leads to public protest and also leave a town dilapidated

  • charlie.harvey.3154 - 2012-08-16 09:45

    This is a report funded by the people of Durban about the management (there is a contradiction in terms) of Durban. The people of Durban do not just deserve therefore to know the full content of this report, they demand it. Just what is so damaging in this report? Surely the naming of Sutcliffe is suffiecient precedent to release all of the names who should be shamed?

  • cj.venter - 2012-08-16 10:40

    great, sweep it under the rug so next time zuma does the shuffle, the most corrupt ones can be put in the back of the cabinet and out of the public's eye so they can syphon their finances from our pensions and taxes without getting caught. gotta love it.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-25 22:31

    LAAGER MENTALITY BACK, just as with the apartheid regime before the armed stwuggle for black royalty to usurp democracy was implemented not least with their 'stwuggle bunny financial mishandling'.... Next thrilling installment, they will blame it all on a rooster with polka dots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!like the unfortunate rabbit at Marikana // (well we hope it was a hare with large ears and "no spear" and not a donkey or sheep in bunny clothing - Simply never know how out of it these traditionals' get in their murky huts dreaming up politics).

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