KZN CoGTA MEC must launch urgent probe into her husband’s municipal contracts

Democratic Alliance media statement by Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on CoGTA

 

KZN CoGTA MEC must launch urgent probe into her husband’s municipal contracts

 

Today the Democratic Alliance (DA) wrote to the KZN CoGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube to request that she urgently investigate the circumstances under which Brand Partners, a business belonging to her husband, Sibuniso Dube-Ncube, was awarded lucrative contracts for communication services within the Mthonjaneni and Nkandla municipalities. See the letter here.

The move comes after the DA earlier this month exposed alleged fraud and corruption on the part of the MEC within these two municipalities.

The request also comes after Ncube’s media comment yesterday in which he confirms that he has been approached by municipalities in the province to tender for communications contracts “after they saw what he had done for other municipalities”.

The DA is stunned by this remark which points directly to some sort of “elite club” when it comes to municipal tenders. Clearly the playing fields are not level.

The comment also raises concern around the possible deviation of supply chain management procedures and exposes an intention by these municipalities to use a particular company – in this case Ncube’s Brand Partners. It also points to a possible infringement of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).

It would seem that Nkandla and Mthonjaneni municipalities are not the only KZN municipalities making use of Ncube’s business and that he may well be the recipient of multiple tenders, possibly against bid processes.

The DA is determined to get to the bottom of this. The questions that need answers are:

  • Why are the MEC’s husband’s businesses being singled out when it comes to municipal tenders?
  • Are other companies being given the opportunity to tender for lucrative municipal tenders?
  • If so, are they even being given a fair chance of being awarded these contracts?

The MEC’s reputation has been severely tarnished by these claims.

As the political head of local government in this province she has a duty to root out corruption of any kind. It is up to her to prove her integrity and the only way to do so is to launch a probe, regardless of whom it may involve.

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