KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube says former Ethekwini mayor Obed Mlaba has been found to have acted contrary to the code of conduct for councillors in the awarding of a tender in the municipality.
Dube and the eThekwini mayor on Sunday provided feedback and a shortened version of the 700 page Manase report into irregularities in the Metro. The tender in question was however not implemented. Dube says Mlaba cannot be disciplined since he is no longer a councillor.
"There is no sanction against the former mayor because he is no longer a councillor but also the municipality did not lose any money resulting from him not declaring interest. The reason also is that the municipality had not come to the tender stage."
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the National Freedom Party in the council boycotted the meeting after the public and the media were barred from attending. DA caucus whip Zwakele Mncwango says they want people who have defrauded the city to be criminally charged.
"The fact that they requested a meeting in a secrete where media and the public were not allowed, clearly they have something to hide where they wanted us as councillors to take decisions that we can’t divulge to the public so we took a decision to say we are not going to be part of it," says Mncwango.