Pietermaritzburg – The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has been made aware of reports circulating across various platforms regarding allegations of nepotism against Cllr Christopher Pappas, the Mayor of Umngeni Local Municipality.
These reports suggest that a non-profit organization called uMngeni Tourism, purportedly chaired by Mayor Pappas’s fiancé, Jean-Pierre Prinsloo, has received funding from Umngeni Municipality. While we refrain from making judgments about the veracity of these allegations, we express our concern.
In accordance with our constitutional mandate, we have instructed relevant officials to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. This investigation will enable us to address the issue promptly and effectively. Once the investigation is concluded, the department will take appropriate actions based on its findings.
Issued by MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs