A formal charge has been filed against city manager, Sipho Nzuza by the Democratic Alliance in eThekwini for allegedly failing to investigate tender fraud that had been reported to his office in 2017. According to Nicole Graham, DA caucus leader, the DA had in 2016 submitted an official complaint to the city’s Integrity and Investigations Unit about the Aqua Transport contract which related to the refurbishment of Solomon Mahlangu (Edwin Swales) Drive. she noted that the matter was brought forward by Councillor Chris van den Berg.
Graham said “At the time,Councillor van den Berg’s ward covered Seaview and he became aware of the impact that the work was having on the community that he represented. He was informed that the contract was 100 percent contracted to another company and the contract was allegedly awarded without following the supply chain management processes of the municipality.” Despite ongoing correspondence, the matter was never fully resolved and no action was taken.
The Caucus leader revealed that the DA would be filing a criminal case against the city’s manager Sipho Nzuza. she said “The DA’s call for an investigation on the matter has fallen on deaf ears. In a city riddled with corruption allegations of malpractice, the report should be investigated accordingly. The DA in eThekwini will be laying criminal charges against city manager for failing to carry out his duty as the cities administrative head.”