Municipality allegedly pays R12 million to company that did nothing

Municipality allegedly pays R12 million to company that did nothing

- The Mtubatuba Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has been exposed for mass looting

- The theft was uncovered by a forensic investigation into the North Coast government

- R12 million was reportedly paid over to a company with no business ties to the municipality

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The veil has been lifted at the Mtubatuba Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal and what it uncovered was a web of corruption and crime.

eNCA reports that a forensic probe into the North Coast municipality uncovered mass looting, with R12 million allegedly paid over to a company for no discernible reason.

A report put forward by investigators noted that not a single service had been rendered by the company.

In total, the municipality has lost an estimated R136 million to corruption and looting, with Municipal Manager Siyabonga Ntuli saying:

"It's almost, you can say it's theft, it's fraud, it's corruption, it's looting. It's been happening. So, we are trying to correct all that wrong."

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The fallout from the rampant looting has seen the municipality placed under administration, with Corporative Governance taking the lead.

Authorities want those accused of crippling the region's municipality brought to book, but this has revealed yet another challenge.

Some top officials do not possess the required qualifications to occupy their current positions, with only 12 out of 25 managers meeting the requirements.

The government says the situation is concerning, with every effort being made to aid the battling municipality, Briefly.co.za discovered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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