SACP plans to march against 'deep seated corruption' in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

MARCH 4, 2015

The South African Communist Party (SACP) Eastern Cape's Buffalo City Region on Wednesday announced plans to march against “deep seated” corruption and “this colossus culture of crass materialism” in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality.

“Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality has been engulfed by a series of corrupt activities and those fighting these elements have been treated as outcast. We have been consistent in calling for a decisive action in many occurrences, our calls have unfortunately fell to deaf ears as there has never been recourse against perpetuators of corruption,” Boyce Melitafa, SACP Buffalo City District Secretary, said in a statement.

“We have called for decisive action against perpetuators of corruption in many glaring corruption cases including but not limited to:

  • Manipulation of tender processes by both politicians and municipal officials.
  • Corrupt activities in Waste Management around 2009.
  • Councilors and officials implicated in the Ernst & Young Forensic Report
  • Councilors, Political leaders and Municipal officials implicated in the Nelson Mandela memorial funds scandal.”

He said that the “non-action to these glaring corruption cases represent a political protection of corrupt individuals with certain proximity to certain leaders of our movement”.

“It is in this context that we have mobilized people of Buffalo City to take responsibility of what is rightfully theirs and protect this institution. It is only the people united in action who can defeat this corruption crusade in BCMM and increase the velocity of service delivery to the people who need it like the dry desert needs water.”

Melitafa said that the march follows engagements with organisations like the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), South African Students Congress (SASCO), Congress of South African Students (COSAS), South African Council of Churches (SACC), Taxi Association, among others.

The planned “Anti-Corruption march” is set for the 27th of March and will start at 10h00 in North End and proceed to the East London City Hall to handover the memorandum to Eastern Cape MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa.

“This mass action will mark a start of the people uniting and ending the culture of leaders seeing and using our organizations and government institutions as their tool for individual upward mobility.

“The time for people to come together to put an end to greedy corrupt tenderpreneurs in milking our state dry. The time for people to come together and put an end to the political protection of corrupt people,” Melitafa said.

“This is taking forward the resolution of the SACP 13th National Congress on de-tenderization of the state and building capacity of the state to deliver to the people.”