Friday, August 3, 2012

Is the truth being curtailed?

The full forensic report on fraud and corruption within the eThekwini municipality, was supposed to be released to the public last Tuesday. This hasn’t as yet happened and while allegations of a cover-up are being bandied around, Mayor James Nxumalo assures us that the city is still committed to releasing it, once legal proceedings are concluded.

Nxumalo made it known that the report contains information provided by whistleblowers and that the anti-corruption task team is also investigating.  If they were to release the document, investigations stemming from it, could be compromised.

What we do know from media reports is that 10 councillors were found to have had interests in organisations that conducted business with eThekwini Municipality. We also know that the probe was instituted after Auditor General Terence Nombembe stated in his 2009/10 report that R532m had been irregularly spent, by the municipality.

DA caucus leader Tex Collins is of the view that the truth is being curtailed in an attempt to protect individuals, named in the report.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager


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