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Mayor blames water woes on ‘state capture’ which created business opportunities for connected business people

Richards Bay - The mayor of the City of Umhlathuze (Richards Bay-Mpangeni) has made shocking claims of his municipality being previously captured, and water infrastructure being deliberately sabotaged in order to create money-making opportunities for unscrupulous business people.

Xolani Ngwezi who became the mayor in November last year when the IFP-led coalition ousted the ANC from power, claimed that state capture was not confined to the national government as revealed during the sitting of the Zondo commission.

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He said even his municipality was captured by certain business elements who worked with corrupt municipal officials to make money.

 

Ngwezi made the allegations on Friday at Mandlankala township in Richards Bay where he was addressing a mayoral imbizo. During the imbizo, he addressed the issue of water and power cuts in the townships of Esikhawini and Mandlankala.

“State capture was not only about what we saw on TV, our municipality also experienced it as well. We had officials who sabotaged the municipality so that they could create business opportunities for certain business people. That is why we ended up with these water issues,” Ngwezi alleged without naming anyone.

Ngwezi also claimed that some allegedly corrupt municipal workers deliberately switched off water valves so that the municipality would be forced to hire water tankers from certain business people.

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