DA wants answers for R20 billion 'looting spree' in municipalities

DA wants answers for R20 billion 'looting spree' in municipalities

- There has been a widespread of misappropriation of the R500 billion fund and the DA wants answers

- The DA wants Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to account for missing cash from a R20 billion relief fund for municipalities.

- The Special Investigative Unit (SIU) is also investigating several allegations of fraud and corruption

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been asked to reveal how the Covid-19 relief fund set aside for municipalities has been administered and spent.

With a number of corrupt activities being linked to the multi-billion-rand aid project, the COGTA minister is now under pressure to report these financial details to Parliament.

The DA said it has flagged a number of suspicious dealings linked to the R20 billion relief fund.

DA MP and Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Haniff Hoosen

DA MP and Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Haniff Hoosen
Source: Twitter

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The dealings under scrutiny include fraudulent door-to-door awareness campaigns, the inflation of certain prices and disappearing drought relief funds.

In a statement issued on 6 July, the DA said Dlamini-Zuma must account to Parliament over the Covid-19 relief spending by municipalities.

HeraldLIVE reported that Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane declared war on municipal corruption and asked the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to investigate a suspicious R4.8 million Covid-19 door-to-door campaign in the OR Tambo district.

Briefly.co.za reported that the SIU has also been tasked with investigating several other allegations of fraud, corruption and abuse claims relating to the R500 billion stimulus package.

Haniff Hoosen, an MP for the DA, wants Dlamini-Zuma to take accountability, specifically for what’s happening in municipalities, said The South African.

He said the Chris Hani District Municipality, the OR Tambo District Municipality and the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality are all guilty of going on ‘looting sprees’ with their share of the relief funds.

Hoosen warns that some officials will treat the handouts as a ‘free-for-all buffet’. Hoosen said:

"The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, must account for the R20 billion in Covid-19 relief funding administered and spent by municipalities.
"Otherwise, the stimulus package meant to save lives and livelihoods will be nothing but a free-for-all buffet."

Hoosen said there is little will from the part of the government to address the rampant Covid-19 looting spree.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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