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By Riot Hlatshwayo | Nov 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Allegations have surfaced that the Nkomazi municipality is corrupt to the core.

Municipality chief financial officer Sheila Mabasa allegedly helped fill in tender documents for Sithole computer services, which later won a R3million contract to upgrade the electronic financial system of the municipality.

It has also come to light that acting municipal manager Thokozani Siboza kept the integrity unit from the office of the premier from continuing with investigations of corruption against the municipality without a council resolution.

The municipality now even finds itself being investigated by the Office of the Public Protector after the allegations against Siboza.

Last week municipality members of the Nkomazi Business Forum marched to hand over a memorandum with serious allegations against most of the councillors.

Ironically, Mabasa's name was included in the NBF's list of "corrupt officials" in the municipality.

Though Siboza denied having stopped the integrity unit from continuing with investigations, a letter he wrote to the unit sings a different tune altogether.

"You are informed the investigation is closed with effect from March 6 2009," the letter reads.

In the letter Siboza accuses a suspended municipal manager, Sabelo Shabangu, of providing the integrity unit with "other mandates while on suspension".

Shabangu was suspended on November 4 last year because of what the municipality claimed was his "incapacity", though this happened shortly after he had charged Mabasa for irregularities.

Despite the letter Siboza denied ever stopping the investigations "without the council resolution".

But the Public Protector's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, confirmed they were investigating allegations that Siboza had stopped the investigations.

Sowetan has established that in a report by the integrity unit on the investigation of allegations about the irregular appointment of service providers in the Nkomazi municipality, the unit was stopped from performing "physical verifications".

The report also implicates Mabasa having negotiated with Sithole computer services, leading to the latter's appointment without proper processes being followed.

It also stated that an entity, Zero One's, which belongs to the wife of the owner of Sithole computer services, was appointed to perform data cleansing for the Nkomazi municipality but got paid without actually doing the work.


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