Pietermaritzburg - The DA’s Msunduzi mayoral candidate, Mergan Chetty, said yesterday that the investigation by the SIU is “long overdue”.
“We repeatedly said the internal conflict within the ANC is bringing about the demise of service delivery in Msunduzi.
“The factionalism from the ANC’s provincial congress has not only caused divisions at a provincial level, but we have now witnessed this edging its way into local municipalities …
“It is indeed ironic that the words of the president, who said the comrades must place the interests of the ANC before the country’s, have been heeded by these very comrades in Msunduzi,” said Chetty.
He said the DA had written to Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, demanding her intervention “in the most recent shenanigans where the acclaimed municipal manager of the year from the province [Mxolisi Nkosi] has been suspended”.
“This also brings into question our concern around the Auditor-General’s office in granting Msunduzi a clean audit.
“It’s time the Cogta MEC came clean about what her real purpose in initiating the investigation into Msunduzi was, as it is no secret which camp she supports.”
MPL Mark Steele, a former Msunduzi executive committee member, said SIU investigations were usually used as the “top level for investigations into state apparatus”.
“They are the A-team who look at very confidential or serious issues. To send them into a municipality points to widespread corruption and maladministration. It’s relatively unprecedented.”
Steele added that the investigation raised questions about oversight at the municipality in terms of contracts and tenders. — WR.