MEC investigating rot at 3 Mpumalanga municipalities

MEC investigating rot at 3 Mpumalanga municipalities
CLEANING THE ROT: Mpumalanga cooperative governance MEC Mandla Msibi. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/ZK

It’s the same of fraud, corruption and nepotism.

Mpumalanga co-operative governance MEC Mandla Msibi has announced that he is investigating rot at 3 of the province’s municipalities.

Msibi says he has a reason to believe that the rot at the Govan Mbeki local municipality in Secunda warrants his attention. Also JS Moroka in Siyabuswa and Pixley ka Seme in Volkrust.

His probe will cover the period 2017 and 2019, and will last for 60 days.

Msibi’s investigation follows a resolution by Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane’s government in October 2019.

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Msibi said the investigations will be “conducted as a measure to clear all allegations”.

“I appeal for your maximum cooperation for the success of the investigation, including the public. It will be conducted without fear or prejudice,” he told Govan Mbeki councillors during a sitting last week.

Msibi’s investigations will cover –

– The selling of RDP houses and municipal land

– Abuse of municipal assets and properties 

– Failure to implement council resolutions

– Advertisement of tenders without following rules

– Nepotism

– Awarding of bursaries without following procedures

The Municipal Systems Act gives Msibi or his department the powers to employ an investigator and probe a certain matter in any municipality of the Mpumalanga municipalities “If the MEC has reason to believe that maladministration, fraud, corruption or any other serious malpractice has occurred or is occurring in a municipality”.

(edited by MLM)

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