Officials in R76000 stew

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Pressure is mounting on the Umzinyathi district council to act against Mayor Mbangiseni Yengwa and suspended municipal manager Otto Kunene for financial irregularities.

A damning report by accounting firm Ernst and Young found the duo had mismanaged and misused public funds .

It said Kunene owed the municipality more than R53000 and Yengwa R23000 for purchases they made with their official credit cards.

Kunene is reported to have failed to account for 17 cellphones and eight computers that went missing. He also allegedly ordered his secretary to type correspondence on behalf of the IFP.

ANC councillor Mhlasilwa Zulu said his party was waiting with interest to see what action would be taken against the mayor.

"Kunene has already been suspended and has appeared before an independent body heading the hearings. But we are concerned about IFP T-shirts which were printed using municipal money, and are reported to be stuck in his office," said Zulu.

Cosatu's provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said: "This is very bad because it affects service delivery. People are not accessing the services they deserve because officials are filling their pockets with public funds."

Yengwa said municipal lawyers had completed an investigation and had set a date for a hearing, " probably next week".