KZN CoGTA MEC corruption scandal: DA calls for breakdown of MEC’s husband’s municipal contracts from provincial Treasury

Democratic Alliance media statement by Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)

 

KZN CoGTA MEC corruption scandal: DA calls for breakdown of MEC’s husband’s municipal contracts from provincial Treasury

The Democratic Alliance will today submit a written parliamentary question (view here)  to the KwaZulu-Natal Treasury to call for a breakdown of all municipal contracts awarded to provincial CoGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube’s husband since she was first appointed to the post.

The call to Treasury will also include a request to provide evidence of proper Supply Chain Management (SCM) procedure in each case.

The move follows the DA’s disclosure of controversial contracts within two of KZN’s municipalities – Nkandla and Mthonjaneni – last month, in which Brand Partners, a business belonging to Sibuniso Ncube was awarded lucrative contracts for communication services.  There have also been claims that the MEC’s husband has benefitted as a result of being awarded multi-million rand IRPTN (roads contracts) within the Msunduzi municipality.

Given the above, the DA believes that contracts awarded to Ncube require extra scrutiny.

On 20 June, the DA wrote to the MEC, requesting that she launch a probe to order to establish whether SCM procedures had been circumvented. To date she has not responded to this request.  We have, however, received confirmation of an internal fact-finding exercise via KZN CoGTA’s Head of Department, Mr Thando Tubane. We welcome this move in the interests of transparency.

The DA also reported its concerns to KZN Premier Willies Mchunu on 4 June. Disappointingly he, as in the case of the MEC, has failed to respond appropriately give the seriousness of the issues raised.

Given this lack of transparency on the part of both the Premier and the MEC, the DA believes that the time has now come for Treasury to intervene and to show they, at least, are prepared to fight corruption in KZN. We expect a response to our question within the prerequisite 14 working days. Failing this, we will consider other means to force the provincial government to supply us with this information.

KZN deserves the kind of change that ensures open and transparent tender processes, which benefit all businesses – big and small – not just friends of ANC politicians.

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