eThekwini Council to Debate ActionSA Motion to Have Durban ICC Board Dissolved Amid ANCWL Invoice Debacle

ActionSA is pleased that the eThekwini Metro Council will debate a motion sponsored by ActionSA to have the Board of Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) dissolved forthwith as a result of its collusion to have itself and the eThekwini Metro unlawfully foot the bill for the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) Elective Conference earlier this year to the tune of R5 089 781.40.

eThekwini Council is due to consider this motion on Tuesday, 31 October 2023, ironically at the Durban ICC where ActionSA will reassert that the board be disbanded because of its failure to give effect to its duties as demanded by the Municipal Systems Act.

Since receiving confirmation that our motion has been tabled for the next sitting of council, ActionSA, on Friday 27 October 2023, has approached all leaders of opposition parties represented in eThekwini Council to support our motion.

We trust that all opposition leaders will support our motion if, indeed, they are at all serious about dealing with the corruption that has engulfed our metro in recent history at the hands of the ruling party and its allies.

Since learning of this scandal, ActionSA has:

  • Written to the eThekwini City Manager, Musa Mbhele, and CFO, Sandile Mnguni, bringing this matter to their attention and calling on him to put an immediate stop to this order. We are aware that the city is yet to receive final invoice from the ICC and have 30 days to pay as per agreement.  We demand that the accounting officer give effect to his duties to prevent any irregular expenditure pursuant to the prescripts of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).
  • Written to the Head of the City Integrity and Investigation Unit (CIIU), Mr Thulani Ntobela, requesting that he launch an immediate investigation into the irregular use of public funds to pay for ANC party activities.
  • Successfully demonstrated and handed over a Memorandum of Demands to the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) Board calling for transparency in the matter where the ICC and the eThekwini Municipality signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to fully fund the ANC Women’s League Conference.

As part of our demands, ActionSA requested that the board open a criminal case with the South African Police Service (SAPS) within 7 days. They have failed to do so, and we were left with no choice but to move this motion because their inaction suggest to us that they are complicit in this attempt to fleece eThekwini ratepayers for party political activities.

ActionSA, at its recent policy conference last month, voted unanimously to declare corruption public enemy no. 1. To that end, we will not relent in our fight to ensure that corruption is eradicated in all spheres and tiers of government.