South Africa’s official opposition party described Dudu Myeni’s waste at Water Authority as a shameless appropriation of people’s money.
Based on that, the party charged the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane to institute forensic investigation into the millions Dudu wasted.
Also, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party will be agitating for Dudu Myeni to as soon as possible, personally pay back the millions of rands she allegedly wasted during her tenure as Chair of the Mhlathuze Water Authority.
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“The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane should immediately request a full forensic investigation into the serious allegations, and thereafter pursue legal action to recover any money which was found to have irregularly benefited Ms Myeni or any other person. The DA will write to the Minister to request this today.
This is money that should be used towards ensuring that precious water is preserved, and delivered to South Africans in the province, not for the enrichment of Jacob Zuma’s friends and pals,” stated DA.
Afterwards, the opposition party argued that the Dudu Myeni should not have been allowed to be in this position at all.
“On 28 November 2016, the Pietermaritzburg High Court found that the extension of her term as Chairperson of the Mhlathuze Water Authority was unlawful and that it be set aside.
“The court gave the Minister 180 days from the date of the court order to appoint a new board, but as of yet, no action has been taken. This is no doubt because Dudu Myeni enjoys a cosy relationship with Mokonyane and President Jacob Zuma,” DA asserted
“It’s high time that Dudu Myeni was sacked from the position and kept as far away as possible from the people’s money,” continued the party.
Thereafter, DA highlighted that Myeni:
- Took the Board to 5-star hotels;
- Wasted money on luxurious overseas trips and water conferences she never attended;
- Used millions from the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) funds to bankroll the funeral of a local ANC leader and to sponsor a provincial women’s leadership conference;
- Instructed now-suspended CEO Sibusiso Makhanya to invoice the KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance department for R1.4 million for building trading stalls in Nkandla – work the water authority had not done. Luckily, Mr Makhanya refused;
- Demanded a list of the water authority’s tender plans and upcoming contracts from Makhanya – information she is not entitled to according to corporate governance principles; and
- Submitted applications for financial assistance from organisations and individuals, and then approved them herself.
With that above, Maimane’s party stressed that there must be consequences for the “shameless appropriation of money meant for the people of South Africa.
…As we experience one of the worst droughts in recent history, The DA will take all the necessary steps to ensure that this happens. Our people deserve nothing less,” added DA.