CFO Mbulelo Memani has run the Knysna Municipality’s Finance Department as his personal kingdom. I previously exposed a long list of allegations against him but that was only the beginning.
Although his corruption and maladministration have been known for at least 6 months, the investigation was deliberately delayed and he’s never been suspended. Two acting Municipal Managers and all the political parties of the Council have given him special treatment.
Two municipal staff members were rumoured to have been suspended for leaking information about his crimes.
I now reveal that the Finance Department has allegedly been captured through alleged illegal appointments and cronyism. Whereas there used to be only 4 managers under the CFO, Memani increased that to 9. That meant bigger salaries, a probable loss of several million to taxpayers. Adding pain is that several appointments were illegal.
NOBESUTHU FUNDI (a.k.a. NOBESUTHU DOUSE)
Nobesuthu Fundi was made Manager Budget despite not having the necessary qualifications.
She benefited by fraudulently purchasing a municipal house sold below the reserve price. Director Corporate Services Phumla Makoma would’ve had to approve the sales.
The taxpayers of Knysna are stung thrice:
- Corruption and maladministration brought the Municipality to its knees. At one stage there was no cash.
No one in jail yet Municipality taking loans and selling Public properties to temporarily cover the hole.
So far, it’s alleged that 3 properties have been illegally sold below cost.
LANDIA VAN HUYSTEEN
Landia van Huysteen was made Manager Assets & Liability Management despite not having the necessary qualifications.
MUGELANE VAN WYK
Mugelane van Wyk was made Manager Financial Statements & Compliance despite not having the necessary qualifications.
Appointed despite having no driver’s licence which was a job stipulation. Later given an enormous car allowance.
It’s rumoured that many people who never previously qualified for car allowances are now receiving enough to cover all expenses i.e. vehicle, petrol and maintenance.
Busiswa Kova previously worked under CFO Memani in Bitou Municipality.
She was appointed Senior Manager Income Services. It’s rumoured that she didn’t have the necessary qualifications.
The De Swardt investigation uncovered major corruption and irregularities but one finding, and the rumoured reason for it, is now debatable. Corrupt ex-Municipal Manager Kam Chetty had prevented Kova from being appointed. It was assumed that the appointment could lead to some of Chetty misdeeds being uncovered. However, maybe Chetty did the right thing, whereas CFO Memani wanted Kova and no one else. Considering the history of Knysna Municipality, it’s possible that both sides had wrongful intentions.
I contacted the four Financial staff above for comment. I CCied Acting Municipal Manager Louis Scheepers, DA Councillor Laveal Davis and ANC Councillor Titi Gombo. As usual, there was no response. Consequently, I post in the hope that they’re encouraged to do so.
Manager Information Technology Graeme Huddy quit during the chaos. It’s rumoured that he quit as a result of his direct involvement in a tender which was subsequently cancelled. There were allegedly further findings by the Auditor General but I don’t know the details. As I don’t have his edress, he hasn’ t been asked for comment.
Senior Manager Financial Management Services Avitha Jagaysor was suspended, seemingly victimised. She’s been returned to work but strangely not to the Financial Department.
This is who prepared Knysna’s latest annual budget which began 1 July 2020. Some of them will be responsible for the undercharging and overcharging of electricity consumers.
NB: Please contact me to if you know whose receiving car allowances, why Huddy quit and what his personal edress is, and where Jagaysor is now. Thank you to those providing information in the Public interest. Corruption must be fought!
This is #Day 29 of my 100 Days of Activism against Corruption.