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March 01
​Dealing With Corruption Within Our City And Society At Large

Since the beginning of January 2012, eThekwini Municipality has been haunted by the spectre of allegations of corruption, maladministration and fraud.
 
 The Auditor-General’s report on irregular spending amounting to R1, 3 billion for the 2010/2011 Financial Year and the tabling of the Manase Report into allegations of maladministration, fraud and corruption by the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nomsa Dube, have raised alarm bells about lapses in our supply chain and people management processes. Critical to note is that the Ngubane Report has long before alerted the City leadership and the general public about the same irregularities.
 
The reputation of the City of Durban has been seriously dented and it will take bold actions to undo the damage that this has had on the City.   Understandably, the general public and our stakeholders are concerned about what we intend to do about all these reports. Questions are being asked: Will the alleged culprits face their music? Will there be a cover up?

 
In response, let us articulate four cardinal principles that will explain our position on corruption in general and to provide a sense of how we hope to confront current challenges facing the City:
 

·         We view corruption as a cancer that needs to be uprooted within our society. As the leadership of eThekwini Municipality we ought to take lead in fighting against this blight;
·         There must be no compromises when confronting corruption-- we need to act swiftly against this scourge irrespective of the race, gender, seniority, motives or political connectedness of individuals who are alleged to have acted irregularly. People must know that there are and there will always be consequences for corrupt or irregular practices;
·         All affected individuals will be dealt with through the due process and all their legal rights will be respected; and
·         Our ultimate objective is that the root causes of corruption must be attacked in their entirety so that the same irregular practices do not recur in other camouflages;
Based on the afore-mentioned principles, we want to assure all our citizens and stakeholders that we will do everything in our power to make sure that we rid the eThekwini Municipality of corruption and to reclaim our reputation as Africa’s Best Managed City.

 

We are encouraged by the stance taken by our Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo and all members of the Executive Committee across all political parties, that no stone should be left unturned to address issues raised by the Manase Report once and for all.
 

 We are equally heartened by the fact that our stance against corruption resonates with the positions already articulated by President Jacob Zuma and Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize, that we must give corruption no quarters. We ask you to join forces with us as we embark on this important journey of our life-time to ensure the moral renewal of our City and all its peoples. Let our innate goodness prevail!   

 
City Manager
Sibusiso Sithole

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