25 August 2015 - NW2736
Macpherson, Mr DW to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
In relation to the Manase Report into corruption and maladministration in the Ethekwini Municipality, how many officials have been dismissed as a result of internal disciplinary action stemming from the report; (2) What criminal charges have been brought against (a) current or (b) former officials stemming from the report; (3) What cost recovery proceedings have been initiated against (a) current of (b) former officials stemming from the report; (4) What action has been taken against politicians implicated in the report?
The response below was provided by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality:
- Two (2) officials were charged with misconduct following the recommendations of the Manase report were dismissed.
- In line the resolution of Council, the City Manager referred all the matters that required investigation by the police to the Anti-corruption Task Team for consideration of possible criminal action. The report from the ACTT is still outstanding.
- The Manase report recommended recovery from a number of officials involved in irregular expenditure. (a) The current criminal investigation will assist to determine which amounts were proceeds of crime, which would enable recovery. (b) One million rand was recovered from the two dismissed officials, dismissed for fraud. This amount was taken from their pension.
- Council referred the matters relating to Councillors to the Ethics Committee. Disciplinary action was taken against the ten (10) Councillors who were implicated. One Councillor is no longer a Councillor and two are deceased. The other Councillors were fined according to the quantum of transgression. The fines ranged from R8248,19 to R19500,22. Arrangements were made by the Councillors to pay the fines.