KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has applauded the tough stance taken by the Greater Kokstad municipality in rooting-out fraud and corruption which saw the dismissal of five municipal who have allegedly embezzled funds from the municipality’s pay point customer service station.
“The Greater Kokstad municipality is setting the correct tone and this is a good example to be emulated by all municipalities. We need to bring to book those who tarnish the reputation of our government institutions and erode the confidence of our communities in municipalities. The bold step by the Greater Kokstad leadership augurs well for good governance and zero tolerance policy when it comes to fraud and corruption.
As the municipality said “they have adopted the Chinese approach to catch both the tiger and the fly,”.
KZN Cogta has long placed a premium on good governance and sound financial management, both of which constitute two of the five pillars of the department’s Back to Basics programme aimed at rebuilding the municipal capacity to deliver first class services by getting the basics right.
“The dismissal of workers found to have embezzled municipal funds sends a strong message to the rate paying public in Kokstad as well as the municipality’s employees. The message is clear: there are harsh consequences for wrongdoing,” said Dube-Ncube.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokespersons Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403; or Msawakhe Mayisela, 060 966 4220