Gamalakhe councillor accused of corruption

An ANC councillor has dismissed claims of corruption levelled against him by a group of people living in Gamalakhe.

The councillor, from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, has been accused of selling municipal jobs and giving preferential treatment to friends.

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The group has also accused the councillor of sidelining them in the ongoing Gamalakhe Housing Rectification Project because they supported other political parties.

In addition, the same councillor is suspected of renting out four government houses in the area for personal gain.

A grade 12 pupil, who claims his parents had died and left him their four-roomed house, says he was told to vacate the house until renovations – apparently part of the housing rectification project – had been completed.

This he did, but when he returned he found tenants living in the home.

The councillor says this is nothing but a smear campaign against him and invited those who felt he was corrupt to contact the police or the municipality.

“If I’m being accused of a criminal offence, charges should be laid against me, period. I believe these are just disgruntled people who have their own motives,” he said.

Municipal spokesman, Simon April, said this matter had not been brought to the attention of the municipality, but pointed out that the housing project had nothing to do with the councillor as it is managed and monitored by an implementing agent and the technical services department.

“The issue of rental stock of four-roomed houses is also managed by the estates unit within the municipality.”

Mr April added that councillors are not involved with municipal jobs.

“If there are people who were forced to pay this councillor in return for jobs, they should contact the office of the speaker, or the municipal manager and SAPS,” he said.

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