SACP, ANC welcome Buffalo City Municipality SIU corruption probe

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape said that it welcomes a proclamation signed by President Jacob Zuma for the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to investigate the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM).

Early, this month, the SACP also claimed that ‘greedy tender-prenuers’ in the BCMM were behind the recent suspension of Municipal Manager, Andile Fani.

“We believe that the investigation is long overdue as BCMM been embroiled in a string of corrupt activities for a sustained period of time,” said Siyabonga Mdodi, SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

“The SACP has for a long time been in an unparalleled principle fight against corruption as it is a direct stumbling block to the rendering of the services to the people.

“On 29 November 2011, our youth wing, the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) led a march calling for answers and action on the Ernst & Young report and other corruption allegations. Till today there has been neither action nor recourse for those allegations and the YCLSA memorandum of demands is still gathering dust somewhere in the municipality.”

Mdodi said that on 27 March this year, the SACP led an anti-corruption march “calling for a decisive action on many things including, Ernst & Young Report, Nelson Mandela scandal, and all allegations of corrupt activities”.

He said that part of these actions included various marches and protest led by the workers of BCMM led by the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU).

“The SACP has always been calling for decisive action in all allegations of corruption in the BCMM. We also find it interesting that some who suddenly profess to welcome the SIU investigation were in the forefront of throwing insults to the anti-corruption voices actions, and were part of those who are impatient of anti-corruption voices and actions,” Mdodi said.

“We are of the firm view that this investigation should be given space and the necessary support. All our actions should be to ensure that the public money is recouped and all those found guilty of fraud and corruption face the full might of the law.

“The SACP will continue working with all the progressive people’s organs to fight corruption wherever it raises its ugly head.”

The SACP has also previously condemned what it calls 'political protection' for corrupt municipal officials.

Welcomed by ANC Eastern Cape

The SACP's alliance partner, the African National Congress (ANC), also welcomed the SIU investigation. 

"We believe this is a great move by Presidency, it is long overdue.

"BCM has been under the dark cloud of corruption allegation for quite sometime now and this investigation is the bigining of the end. As the ANC, we have been unhappy with quite a lot that makes Buffalo City residences not to receive quality services due to them because of corruption. This move brings relief and hope to us as the movement for BCM community," said ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane.

"We will welcome the outcomes of the investigation. We want to see those implicated in any wrong doing to be procetuted. In the system of Buffalo City, all corrupt elements must be removed. We need municipalities in the Eastern Cape to be engaged in delivering services than to create a situation where maladministration is the order of the day."

He said that the ANC remains unapologetic about its position on corruption.

"Corruption has become a nerve that affects everybody in our society. We cant serve our people with the dignity they deserve if we have so much corrupt elements in government administration. We support the move and we believe it is going to uncover a lot and save people money."

In June, the ANC announced the sacking of former BCMM Executive Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, and her Deputy, Themba Tinta. Ncitha, who among others, faces fraud and corruption relating to the Mandela funeral saga, was redeployed by the party to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in the same month.

Tinta is now a Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPL).