‘ANC councillors steal workers’ pay for election’

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By Celani Sikhakhane

ANC councillors in eThekwini have been accused of stealing construction workers’ wages to fund the party’s election campaign. 

Several reliable sources have told Scrolla.Africa that workers repairing damage from the April 2022 floods in KwaZulu-Natal have been targeted. 

“It’s painful what they are doing. Workers are revolting against the hungry contractors who are ripping off their hard-earned salaries,” said a source. 

“The workers get paid at a daily rate of R200 and those councillors are taking half of it and claiming that it’s a campaign donation to the ANC for the elections.”

Councillors have also been accused of taking bribes from companies wanting the tenders to rebuild damaged infrastructure. 

Another source said that a councillor is hiding because he took bribes to award tenders to certain companies. 

“He takes from R20,000 upwards and claims that it’s a protection fee that will ensure that the tender is given to the person who has paid the money. He takes funds from several people for one tender,” a source said. 

“He ran away after some women attacked him looking for their money. They attacked him after he failed to deliver. I’m told that he is hiding in his rural home.”

ANC eThekwini spokesperson Mlondolozi Mkhize said they will investigate the allegations. 

“This is the first time we have heard such allegations. The only allegations that have been brought to us are that a certain councillor was demanding bribes from people who were looking for jobs at eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality,” he said.  

“But we will look at this one to get more details.”

The National Treasury said it would provide over R500-million in funding for flood aid. 

Pictured above: ANC eThekwini spokesperson Mlondolozi Mkhize. 

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