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Xasa welcomes SIU probes at Eastern Cape municipalities and entities

May 29, 2018
Xasa welcomes SIU probes at Eastern Cape municipalities and entities

Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) MEC Fikile Xasa on Tuesday welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signing of the proclamations authorizing the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate several matters involving allegations of fraud and corruption at various municipalities in the Eastern Cape.

The proclamationsare related to the allegations of maladministration during the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela.

The municipalities that have been mentioned to be investigated are Buffalo City Metro, King Sabata Dalindyebo, OR Tambo and the Nelson Mandela Metro.

MEC Xasa said the investigations will provide an opportunity to all affected individuals to come forward and clear their names. He called for the effective coordination of efforts to expose and prosecute those involved.

“We must bring closure to this matter especially as it takes place in the year in which we celebrate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela. All wrong doers must face the full might of the law without fear or favour. Acts of corruption, collusion and other criminal activities in the private and public sector, must be fought with equal diligence and determination,” said MEC Xasa.

He added that communities have started to take up the fight against acts of fraud and corruption through protest actions to highlight lack of service delivery including allegations of rampant acts of maladministration and misuse of public resources.

“We call on our leaders to distance themselves from any forms of maladministration by taking charge of community complaints and stop waiting for outside help. We encourage municipal leadership to implement without fail the recommendations of forensic investigations that have been undertaken in their municipalities. Government is taking a dim view of the non-implementation of such recommendations by municipalities, which appears to be a trend,” he said.

MEC Xasa said the fight against fraud and corruption remains an important priority if government is to provide sustainable services to communities.