DA calls on eThekwini to come clean on Hawks’ DSW arrest

by Cllr Nicole Graham – DA eThekwini Caucus Leader

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini has written to City Manager, Sipho Nzuza, requesting clarity on the apparent arrest of DSW Deputy Head Robert Abbu.

The DA has learned through reliable sources that Abbu was arrested last week.

Abbu was named in the report commissioned by the city into the DSW orange bag scandal. The report alleged that he was involved in the awarding of the fraudulent tender that collapsed the city’s recycling scheme.

The report further claimed that Abbu and a second official from Supply Chain Management assisted the company, Persian Star, to procure bags from another service provider when they couldn’t deliver the bags themselves, instead of canceling the contract.

The report was handed to the Hawks by the DA in 2018. The party has repeatedly requested clarity as to what is happening at DSW, which has been in tatters for over a year. This has left eThekwini residents with failing service delivery and no working recycling system.

The DA’s Councillors on the Executive Committee have repeatedly requested a report to the committee on the progress of the investigations, but this has not taken place.

It was alleged that when the report broke, DSW Head Raymond Rampersad suspended Abbu but his suspension was later lifted and Rampersad himself went on long leave.

The DA is demanding answers from the City Manager. Has Abbu been arrested, and suspended from the employ of the municipality? If so, when will this be made clear and the way forward outlined?

The DA will not stop fighting for accountability and better services in eThekwini. Although officials are implicated, it is also clear that there are politicians involved who are pulling the strings. Those who are implicated must face the fullest might of the law.

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