Manase: DA to lay charges against councillors

RDP Houses Manase: DA to lay charges against councillors

The DA intends laying charges against former eThekwini metro councillors implicated in a controversial forensic audit report.

At a public meeting in Durban, Democratic Alliance eThekwini caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango said it would bring charges against former councillors who were alleged to have unlawfully sold RDP houses.

The unlawful sale of RDP housing emerged in a forensic report into corruption in the eThekwini Metro municipality compiled by Manase and Associates.

“The report states that some councillors , who are currently sitting on council, were selling houses, and some had already left the municipality,” said Mncwango.

“So, what we will be doing this week, we will be laying charges against those councillors who have left the municipality.”

He would ask the speaker of the municipality, Logie Naidoo, to launch an internal investigation into those councillors who still held office.

According to the report, the 17 allegations relating to the unlawful RDP housing were handed to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

However, Mncwango said the DA could not find any evidence that cases had been opened.

The 17 allegations given to Manase and Associates to investigate came from complaints made to the presidential hotline.

One councillor named in the report allegedly sold houses for R20 000 each.

Mncwango said the party would provide details on Thursday of the cases opened, the case numbers and against whom the cases had been opened.

DA co-operative governance and traditional affairs spokesman John Steenhuisen said the DA would examine the Manase report and see if former municipal officials implicated had been hired by other municipalities and whether those municipalities were aware of the allegations against them.

“What we cannot have is a revolving door system where politicians and officials who do wrong simply move into another municipality or another sphere of government. We need to stop that revolving door,” he said.

Comment could not be obtained from the SIU.

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