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8 Aug 2017
4:39 pm

New mayor reveals R303m missing from Umzinyathi District Municipality

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He said a report revealed that R303m went to 'some people's pockets'.

Umzinyathi District Mayor Mthandeni Ngubane and Speaker Ntombikayise Mdlalose. Picture: Northern KwaZulu-Natal Courier

The provincial treasurer in KwaZulu-Natal has tabled a wide-ranging forensic report of more than 100 pages on allegations of corruption, fraud and staff approving advance payment for work not done at the Umzinyathi District Municipality, reports the Northern KwaZulu-Natal Courier.

The mayor of the district, Petros Mthandeni Ngubane, addressing journalists on Monday, urged the municipality to take swift action against individuals fingered in the report.

He said the report revealed that R303 million went to “some people’s pockets”.

Ngubane said this corruption started in 2014 to 2015 and that they would continue to investigate up to 2016 when the ANC relinquished power to the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) following the August 2016 local government elections.

Part of the allegations relate to the irregular award of tenders for water schemes in the area. “Definitely, we are going to take disciplinary measures and also taking the matter to the police we won’t allow money of the poorest of the poor [to be] eaten like this,” Mayor Ngubane added.

He said he hoped the investigation would only take three months to complete “so that culprits will spend their Christmas in jail and on top of that we will make sure that they will pay back”.

– Caxton News Service

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