The IFP calls on the ANC to immediately fire the uMkhanyakude District Municipality Mayor, Jeff Vilane after he was named on the AG’s report for 2013/2014 as one of the corrupt municipal officials who has benefited from the irregular award of tenders.
“It is appalling that Mr Vilane and his municipal officials are the culprits when it comes to the irregular awarding of tenders. His company Hydro Tech Services and Fabrications cc was awarded the tender to repair water leaks. We request him that he must do the honourable thing by resigning voluntarily from his position. How is it that the very person who accused the IFP of bringing the municipality into disrepute can be the mayor when he is involved in such corrupt activities,” said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
“The IFP calls on the ANC to do the residents of uMkhanyakude District Municipality a favour by relieving them of their corrupt mayor who is more concerned about his own pocket than in dealing with the numerous challenges faced by the municipality. When the ANC fires Mayor Vilane we must not rejoice. We must ask why it has taken them so long. Why has the ANC allowed things to get so bad before taking action? The ANC must not be rewarded for doing the right thing. This is what they are expected to do,” continued Mr Gwala.
“We are perplexed by the actions of the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, who seems to be protecting her sweethearts and comrades by not taking decisive action to hold those involved to account. We see this as a delaying tactic by the MEC to possibly protect the image of her husband as it was reported that companies owned by him had allegedly benefited from the irregular awarding of tenders. The MEC must lead by example if she is serious about eradicating corruption in the awarding of tenders at local government level. Personal relationships must not interfere in the performance of government duties. If her husband is implicated in any unlawful activity she must allow the law to take its course, without fear or favour,” concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP is convinced that the office of the MEC is dogged by ineptitude and incompetence. The MEC has failed dismally to root out corruption in local government. Why is the ruling party allowing this? Why are corrupt officials being protected? The IFP is looking forward to the 2016 local government elections where the voters of Mkhanyakude can send the strongest sign of disapproval by voting out the ANC and voting in the IFP. If elected to government the IFP will change uMkhanyakude Municipality from a haunted house to a prosperous region.
Issued by: IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, 078 290 5842
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675