President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday tasked the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to probe allegations of corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa entrusted the Special Investigation Unit (CIU) to investigate allegations of corruption, poor management and illegal behaviour of employees in the Entumen local municipality in Dundee, in the Umzynyat district, north of Kwazulu-Natal (KZN).

On Wednesday, the MSC on joint management and traditional affairs of KZN Nomusa Dube-Ncube transferred the problem municipality under control after several months of “strife and paralysis” and only recently appointed the mayor and speaker.

Dube-Ncube presented a forensic investigation of irregular spending in October, which revealed rampant corruption in the municipality, including payments made to people under the pretext that they were donations to religious organizations that were not.

The charges were directed against some of the most senior elected leaders and appointed officials in the municipality and an adviser dealing with fraud, corruption, poor governance and irregular, unauthorized and useless expenses.

A forensic medical examination also showed that some enterprises had been paid to buy equipment, in violation of the municipality’s policies.

There were also fraudulent claims for per diems and travel, irregular appointments of service providers and excessive and irregular expenses for security services.

When Dube-Ncub gave the council 21 days to process a forensic medical examination and advised her on corrective measures, the final report was gone, and her department had to provide the municipality with another copy.

Paralysis in the municipality saw it last without the mayor and the speaker for a “significant” period of time.

The former mayor of Endumeni Siboniso Mbata was also at the center of some contradictions within the municipality. In May, he was arrested on charges of conspiracy to kill the former speaker of the municipality of Bongive Mbata-Mahatini, because he obstructed the award of the tender.

In a government newspaper published on Friday, Ramaphosa said that he considers it necessary that these allegations be investigated, and the civil proceedings arising from the investigation be passed.

Ramaphosa wants SIU to investigate any alleged serious irregularities in the management of the municipality’s affairs, improper or unlawful conduct of the municipality’s employees or officials, misappropriation or misappropriation of public money or property, and illegal, irregular or unapproved transactions.

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