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DA wants Makana Local Municipality report tabled

DA wants Makana Local Municipality report tabled

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the tabling of a confidential forensic report which, according to the party, shows a cover-up into “protecting corrupt officials and politicians” in the troubled Makana Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

According to an article in the Daily Despatch, the 89-page Kabuso report, commissioned by the municipality and finished in May this year but never presented to council, points to wide scale financial irregularities involving the mayor the municipality, Zamuxolo Peter’s strategic advisor, Mncedi Boma; the mayor’s personal secretary, Noluthando Santi; his former landlord, Emmanuel Madlavu; council speaker Rachel Madinda and acting chief financial officer Marius Crouse.

The document stats that an amount of R108 374 had been approved by Crouse to cover the legal costs of then municipal manager, Pravine Naidoo, without the approval of council. In addition, Madinda signed a settlement agreement with Naidoo on behalf of council, even though she was ineligible to do so.

She also authorised the processing of R40 909 in acting allowance to Santi as her office manager, even though such a position does not exist.

Between September 2012 and January 2014, fraudulent salary benefits of R196 613 was paid out to Boma, with the document also stating that he was responsible for the municipality having to pay out the R108 374 in Naidoo’s legal costs, after issuing a memorandum to Crouse.

Madlavu was indicted having been appointed director of infrastructure despite having three criminal charges and a drunken driving case against him. Four year ago, while serving as Peter’s landlord and employee of the Department of Arts and Culture, Madlavu was fired by then minister, Lulu Xingwana, for misconduct and corruption.

The article also claims that a copy of the report had only been received by local provincial government head, Stanley Khanyile, last Friday after a visit to the area by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan.

In a statement on their website, the DA said that they will not rest until the report has been made public.

“The secrecy surrounding this report is symptomatic of the corrupt, crony culture of the ANC that continues to undermine our institutions, the rule of law and the people of our country. The DA will fight to ensure that transparency and accountability prevail in Makana in order to expose and deal with the political rot that has become so deeply entrenched under the ANC's leadership.”