Former eThekwini mayor fingered in probe

2012-02-07 21:01

Durban - Former eThekwini Municipality mayor Obed Mlaba has been fingered in a forensic report on corruption in the municipality, it was announced on Tuesday.

The probe, commissioned by the provincial co-operative governance department, had uncovered maladministration and fraud, MEC Nomusa Dube told reporters in Durban.

The report found that the former mayor unlawfully influenced the supply of a waste volume reduction plant for a landfill site, she said, but did not elaborate.

It recommended that the process be started afresh as its integrity had been "grossly compromised".

It also contained accusations against a number of senior officials, including former municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe.

Dube said the former municipal manager was found to have contravened the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act by not reporting fraudulent and corrupt activities.

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

The department has asked the municipality to urgently institute disciplinary action against all the officials and councillors implicated in the report.

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

Dube said irregular expenditure in the past three years amounted to R2.188bn.

The investigation also found that the municipality had failed to comply with supply chain management processes for infrastructure and housing projects.

It identified excessive and inappropriate use of a section of the supply chain management policy which allowed municipalities to deviate from the normal tender process.

This was intended for use only emergencies, but the eThekwini Municipality had used it extensively for, among other things, housing developments.

It was found that some contractors given tenders in terms of this section received letters of appointment even before submitting tender documents.

Some contractors awarded tenders were not even registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council. Their work was so poor, the houses had to be demolished.

A lack of supervision during housing construction had also led to a waste of taxpayers' money.

Dube said there was substance to allegations that 30 trainee metro police constables had been referred to illegal driving schools by Metro Police College instructors.

The matter was being investigated by the Hawks, she said.

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 R117 250," she said.

The municipality has been given 21 days to respond to the report. It was expected to brief the media on Wednesday on the outcome of the investigation.

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-02-07 21:23

    Ja julle bliksems. I would love to see Sutcliffe especially get fingered or probed. Little pinko liberal C S er.

      Max - 2012-02-08 05:12

      Before we spring into action, there is no law prohibiting a government official to do business with government, that is the problem. The declaration of interest document is just to say we know about this please continue to rob the public blind.

      Croix Mactee - 2013-04-24 21:37

      Agree hcrouse - that Sutcliffe seems to pop up in all the crooked deals anywhere in Durbs. I sincerely hope his downfall will be SOON! @ max.reynecke: a crooked deal is a crooked deal - just ask that little weasel Malemmer.

  • Araris - 2012-02-07 21:31

    So he got fingered and probed. Hope they bought him dinner and used lube. C'mpn editors, why do you allow staff writers to use terrible, tired 1970's jargon? Unless, of course, the author intended a little innuendo. Then, of course, we all know what happens after one is fingered and probed. Perhaps that was the author's point. And if you don't like my opinion, you're welcome to and finger and probe me. All I ask is that you respect me in the morning.

  • Ken - 2012-02-07 21:57

    Brilliant headline.

  • Tony - 2012-02-07 22:02

    Hehe Mike Snotkop tool! Maybe from being "fingered in a probe" he will probed by a finger... Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy...hehehe, Arrogant baas Ted.

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-07 22:03

    All very well!!!!! but what action is going to be taken against these CRIMINALS?

  • phangolicious - 2012-02-07 22:06

    "The boomerang effect" ......... Msholozi, usiskhokho ...... bamba zonke!

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-07 22:09

    "The department has asked the municipality to urgently institute disciplinary action against all the officials and councillors implicated in the report." Does this mean that Mlaba and Sutcliffe as ex employees will get away with it? What a F..k up!

  • braamc - 2012-02-08 03:00

    People must get criminally charge as well as civil cases to recoup funds

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-08 06:50

    It's a culture - realise it

  • Mike - 2012-02-08 07:03

    I am not surprised why Durban has become DirtBin - thank you Obed and Mike @#$Face for stuffing up the ones prosperous city of Durban. I hope you both meet again in Westville in orange prison outfits!

  • Garth - 2012-02-08 07:05

    I hope that the probe that they finger sutcliffe with is barbed.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-08 07:17

    Historically, whenever an ANC deployed cadre is "fingered" they simply resign, all investigations are immediately dropped, with the excuse that it is 'not economically viable" to pursue investigations. A few months later said ANC cadre is "redeployed" and the process repeats itself. Now, who honestly believes ANYTHING will come of these "investigations"? It is all just spin to try to convince the electorate that the ANC is doing something to reign in corruption. Sadly, it seems to work.

  • Ali - 2012-02-08 08:54

    We are slowly becoming Nigeria.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-08 15:47

    Right Sutcliffe show your smug face around town now....we all knew you were up to shenanigans!!! Always said you'd be found guilty of gross mismanagement....prick!!! Not so smug now!!!

  • Zebelon - 2012-02-08 15:48

    Sure Mhlaba will quickly be sent to some State as an ambassador, a la Shower.

  • Graham - 2012-02-08 19:23

    Why does the DA not assist the rate payers in setting up charges against those involved - especially the brown nosed metro mike! It's our hard earned monies they effectively stole. And while they are busy they should look into metro mikey junior and all the deals he did with the dirty durban municipality!

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