Last week, the eThekwini Municipality came under fire after it emerged that the municipality forked out a whopping R761 150 for the funeral of President Zuma’s most vocal supporter Mr Don Mkhwanazi.
Mkhwanazi, a KZN entrepreneur is the pioneer of Black Economic Empowerment. He died in July at the age of 63 after a heart attack. The funeral cost of the heavily politically connected businessman came to light; after an item containing the expenditure was presented to the city’s executive committee (Exco).
But, sadly, the ANC-led Municipality couldn’t produce a convincing breakdown of the expenditure; and this caused the city’s mayor to step on the warpaths with opposition groups.
In the heat of the moment, the ANC leadership requested that time be given to them to fine tune and come up with a clean report on the matter.
eThekwini Municipality Fails To Show Up With Funeral Report Of Mr Don Mkhwanazi
However, on Wednesday, the municipality failed to produce the much-awaited report. This subsequently couldn’t go down well with opposition parties.
Appalled by the deceit, the IFP announced that it would now gather information on the costly funeral through the Public Access to Information Act.
According to the IFP MP Mdu Nkosi, the decision to use the PAIA was taken; following the municipality’s “dismal” failure to produce a breakdown detailing the full expenditure.
Suggesting the funeral expenditure must have been shady, he said it’s so difficult to just believe that the R761 150 was spent on hiring the ICC for a day, as claimed by the municipality.
“There is something fishy about this. We are not against the assistance by the municipality to the family of Mr Don Mkhwanazi, but we wanted to know how the money was spent; which is our duty as councillors to play an oversight role; so that we are able to pick whether there is a dirty hand that had used that money.”
Speaking also, DA caucus leader in Exco, Zwakele Mncwango said he was reliably informed; that the funeral venue was donated and that the ANC didn’t pay a dime for it. He challenged the municipality to prove him right or wrong by producing the report.