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Durban - An IFP request for the Public Protector to probe claims of mismanagement in some KwaZulu-Natal municipalities was unnecessary, a provincial official said on Wednesday.
“The (department) ... has dismissed the Inkatha Freedom Party's call for probes by the Public Protector into allegations of mismanagement and corruption as redundant,” co-operative governance spokesman Lennox Mabaso said.
“Most of the issues in the four municipalities the party is referring to have already been subject to forensic investigations by the department or are being investigated at present.”
On Tuesday, the IFP said it had asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to look into the issues at the Umkhanyakude, eThekwini, Mandeni, and Zululand municipalities.
In Umkhanyakude, a dismissed municipal manager reportedly spent around R7.9 million on water tankers that were never used.
There were allegations that a consulting firm owned by the municipality's chief financial officer Zenzo Masuku had been hired without any bidding process.
In the eThekwini municipality, a company owned by a top local government official was allegedly given a contract without the necessary steps being followed.
Mabaso said the department began a forensic investigation of the allegations in Umkhanyakude in July.
A similar probe was already complete for the Mandeni municipality.
The department had recently finished investigating the allegations at eThekwini metro, and some of the aspects were under criminal investigation.
“The department has engaged the municipality's internal audit unit to deal with all the outstanding matters that fall within the unit's purview,” Mabaso said.
The department had received no reports of mismanagement at the Zululand district municipality.
“The department will, however, be happy to step in if it is formally approached,” he said.
“The department's support 1/8for municipalities 3/8 extends to rigorous investigations of allegations of mismanagement and corruption, which it views in a very serious light.”