The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in KwaZulu-Natal, is appalled at a recording we have in our possession, where the voice of the uMzinyathi district mayor is allegedly having a fishy conversation with one of the municipal executive managers.

In the recording, it sounds as if the mayor instructed this official to confront the municipal manager about funds that the municipal manager had apparently siphoned off from two municipal service providers (allegedly to the tune of R1,8m and R3m respectively) but had apparently failed to pay it over to the Inkatha Freedom Party’s coffers.

Even though the speaker did not mention the IFP by name, he simply referred to ‘Umtwana’, it is common cause that both the mayor and the municipal manager are IFP deployees.

This kind of tapping of funds, raises a lot of questions e.g.
1. Is the awarding of municipal tenders, legitimate and above board?
2. Are these service providers’ work of compromised quality to make room for kickbacks?
3. Were the earmarked development projects started off at all?

The UDM reiterates its view that corruption remains corruption even if it is not committed by the usual suspects like the alleged VBS looters, and the Bosasa and PIC scandal mongers.

The UDM in KwaZulu-Natal will gladly make the recording available to the mayor and invites him to explain the content of the voice clip.

Issued by
Mr Boysey Gumede
Interim Provincial Secretary
UDM in KwaZulu-Natal