Numerous KZN municilapilties collapse under strain from looting and corruption

Numerous KZN municilapilties collapse under strain from looting and corruption

- Corruption and maladministration has seen the collapse of some KZN municipalities

- Looting at Mpofana in Mooi River has seen over R24 million splurged in inflated vehicle deals

- The municipality is also facing the possibility of having the power cut as it owes Eskom more than R90 million

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Municipalities in KwaZulu Natal have collapsed due to fraud, maladministration and corruption. Incriminating forensic reports paint a repulsive picture of looting at the dysfunctional municipalities, costing the South African taxpayers millions.

A small Mooi River municipality, Mpofana has now been placed under administration. The municipality saw its demise after splurging R500 000 a month renting cars in a dubious contract.

This has amounted to more than R24 million in less than five years and has seen the mayor conceding that it is just not excusable.

Mayor Xolani Duma revealed that the municipality has entered into negotiations in an attempt to cut some of the vehicles and come to a more sustainable agreement.

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The municipality is also facing having its lights shut down, owing more than R90 million to Eskom.

“ It is true that the R520 [0000] we are paying is not affordable since we have to pay Eskom, we have to pay other creditors. So, we are reviewing that contract” said Duma.

COGTA ( Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs) authorities have confirmed that they have completed 14 investigations and that there is 8 more underway, according to MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube.

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“There’s quite a number of those investigations that we’ve got to table.” The COGTA MEC said. “That is why to us it’s very important that the NPA and the whole prosecution is also ready to take it from where we’ve left off.”

Dube-Ncube has said that service delivery in the area has been crippled by the corruption and maladministration plaguing funds meant to serve the community the municipality resides over.

COGTA has confirmed that it has recovered R8 million so far and has fired some officials found to be involved.

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Source: Briefly News

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