Probe into eThekwini a wake-up call - mayor

2012-02-08 18:12

Durban - The findings of a forensic investigation in the eThekwini municipality came as a wake-up call, Mayor James Nxumalo said on Wednesday.

"It is a wake-up call for us to arrest toxic practices that seemed to characterise the behaviour of our officials and councillors," Nxumalo told reporters in Durban.

The investigation, commissioned by the provincial department of co-operative governance, found high levels of maladministration and corruption.

It has fingered officials, including former municipal manager Mike Sutcliffe and former mayor Obed Mlaba.

Nxumalo said: "If we address these loopholes within our systems governance the municipality could be on its way to achieving a clean audit before 2014."

Nxumalo said the city was determined to root out the maladministration.

An auditing firm was appointed early last year to investigate fraud, corruption, and maladministration allegations in eThekwini municipality.

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 irregular expenditure in the past three years amounted to R2.2bn.

The investigation found the municipality had failed to comply with supply chain management processes for infrastructure and housing projects. Nxumalo said his executive committee would meet on Tuesday to discuss the report and determine how various issues raised would be responded to.

"Part of this process will also entail interfacing with the authors of the report to solicit their input in terms of the issues raised," he said.

"We are dealing with the process. There’s no way we can deal with the matter overnight in a manner that will satisfy everybody."

He said those found guilty of corruption and maladministration would be dealt with by the law.

"There are many good things we have done as a municipality, but the report indicates that there are wrongdoings taking place. It gives us space to come up with corrective measures."

  • pws69 - 2012-02-08 18:31

    Sure it was a wake up call. And you believe in the tooth fairy. EVERYONE knew about. The DA raised it and you ignored them. The unions raised it, and you ignored them. Your own people raised it and you ignored them. I'll bet you R1000 right now neither Sutcliffe nor Mlaba go to jail.

      Thandi - 2012-02-08 19:28

      Of course they won't - they are after all just abiding by the policies and priciples of the ANCorruption. Make mine a banana-split.

      Bokfan - 2012-02-08 19:52

      Howzit PWS long time no read. I dunno hey. You are probably right that they'll avoid prison under THIS administration. But not the next one.

      Deepchund - 2012-02-08 20:31

      ANC guys dont go to jail,they merely get redeployed or fired with a golden handshake that ensures they do not have to work for the rest of their lives.

  • Moss - 2012-02-08 18:44

    Aloota continua!! i.e. the struggle continues

      Thandi - 2012-02-08 19:30

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • KCorsar - 2012-02-08 18:51

    OK time to stop talking and lamenting on the past. What is happen to those that have been shown to have misappropriated / stolen or 'lost' money. If still employed should be fired and sued for losses; matter handed to Asset Forfeiture Unit to recover whatever they can. Then lastly people should be shamed through legal process and subjected to public service duties, like cleaning streets and other public amenities, like the s*&ts they are.

  • Dan - 2012-02-08 18:59

    Are you, Mr Mayor, saying that Sutcliffe and Mlaba did not know what the correct procedures were? It seems that you want to continue with the status quo, which is plead ignorance of the rules. If you want to be taken seriously, then act decisively and don't look for excuses where there are none! Loopholes are only excuses to escape accountability, but when you are appointed as mayor and municipal manager you are totally responsible!

      Julio - 2012-02-08 19:25

      "eisch I didn't know" shoiuld only apply to lowly paid labourers not to officials. To officials who can't do their jobs and fail to carry out proper and sound procedures should be fired with no golden handshakes and in most cases should go to jail .

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-08 19:04

    They most probably won't even get charged!! You are correct, EVERYBODY new about it so why the surprise?

  • colin.dovey - 2012-02-08 19:06

    And the band played on........whilst the Titanic sank

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-08 19:07

    @Kcorsar Agreed but those two people who are not still employed by the Municipality should also be charged.

  • Thandi - 2012-02-08 19:26

    Why should we be surprised - just another saga in the ANCorruption trail of self-enrichment, at the expense of the working people. I wonder at which 'station' the gravy train is going to stop at next.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-08 19:56

    This is CRAP..THIS IS MY dare they steal our moneies and enrich themselves. There should be marches demanding these people pay back the money, then have ONE court case.. no appeals they've taken enough of our money why should we pay for appeal cases..and jailed for 20 yrs.I hope MIKE Sutcliffe reads afraid my joined the corrupt anc,you must pay for that.Hope the black people have noticed.....if you are white and you steal the peoples money, the whites will not protect are a disgrace to us.To think they increase our rates at over the top percentages, some people had to sell homes they had had for many, many years, because of the parasites, and this was all to feather your pocket...

  • Deepchund - 2012-02-08 20:27

    This is not a wake up call.Everybody in the City knew a cabal was running the city,not their elected Councillors. Which officials bought property dirt cheap in the Bell Street(South Beach)area and ensured the white elephant "Ushaka Marine World" is constructed(very similar to insider trading).Two of those crooks are still in Council. Mayor,clean up the City now,not 2014.Seize assets if you have to,don't protect persons from a certain political party.You are not a Mayor to please everybody,run the City efficiently.Do you expect residents to happily pay their rates knowing a bunch of crooks will be swindling their money.

  • Johnnie - 2012-02-08 20:58

    What in hell did the mayor do the whole year?. Drink tea?

  • keith.staniford - 2012-02-08 21:13

    @Johnnie. No time to drink tea, too busy stealing the publics money!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-09 05:23

    Jail Time would go along way to stop common thugs from putting their hand in the cookie jar.

  • Richard - 2012-02-09 07:35

    So what will happen to Obed and Sutcliffe ?? Will they be prosecuted?? NO of course not. If they were it would send a clear message that corruption is illegal and will not be tolerated. Until that happens, corruption will continue.. Its high time government took a stance on this and back their words.

  • Vince.York - 2012-02-09 07:56

    AND at the same time, just change all the Durban road names back again, because the "HAPPY & INNOCENT & GUGU GIBBERISH" up at the moment has transformed Durbs into what sounds like a prostitutes pimping slush dump from underneath, let-a-lone behind the worst informal settlements rubbish dump.

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