Elliotdale erven to be developed and sold exclusively to municipal employees and councillors: ANC councillors abusing their majority vote
Ms T Maluleke
The Auditor-General of South Africa
PO Box 446
Mr LO Mabuyane
Premier of the Eastern Cape
Private Bag X0047
Mr XE Nqatha
Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Private Bag X0035
Dear Ms Maluleke, Premier Mabuyane and MEC Nqatha
Elliotdale erven to be developed and sold exclusively to municipal employees and councillors: ANC councillors abusing their majority vote in the Mbhashe Local Municipality for personal gain
1. The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM’s) proportional representative (PR) councillors in the Mbhashe Local Municipality, recently approached me regarding an unsettling matter, which I would like to raise with your offices.
2. It pertains to the African National Congress (ANC) councillors, who hold the majority vote in council and are abusing that power for alleged self-enrichment and most disturbingly the approval of the disposal of municipal land (i.e.107 vacant erven in Elliotdale, Extension 5) to municipal employees and councillors “…vested into Mbhashe Local Municipality.” (See page 2 of Annexure A).
3. The warped logic they applied to arrive at this dubious decision is rather confounding, i.e. to dispose of municipal land (which is still to be reticulated for water and electricity) and made available for exclusive sale to municipal employees and councillors for residential purposes as “…it would be a conflict of interest to allow the municipal employees, councillors to compete with the members of the public during the tender processes…” as this would “… taint [sic] a negative image for the municipality allowing the municipal employees, councillors to bid with th