The FF Plus demands that all the officials and councillors of the Dipaleseng Local Municipality (Balfour, Greylingstad, Grootvlei) who are implicated in alleged corruption in a recent Section-106 report must be suspended at once, and that the report must be made available to councillors.
In the report, which was handed out to councillors during a council meeting but was taken in again after the meeting, various officials and two ANC councillors are implicated in irregular payments, amounting to R53,8 million, made to seven companies.
Mpumalanga's MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Busisiwe Shiba, requested a Section-160 report investigation in terms of the Municipal Systems Act into alleged irregularities in the awarding of tenders and administrative errors including, among other things, erroneous salary payments and an overall lack of management oversight.
It is unacceptable that the two ANC councillors who are named in the report and implicated in the alleged offences are still serving on the sub-committee, which is tasked with ensuring that the report's recommendations are implemented to prevent similar irregularities from occurring in the future.
If those who are implicated are not brought to book, a Section-106 report not only details wastage, it is in itself a waste of resources as well.
The FF Plus will do everything in its power to ensure that all allegations of fraud and corruption are thoroughly investigated, that the offenders are held accountable and that the lost funds are recovered.