durbanSunday Tribune reports that to clear a backlog of more than 300 outstanding disciplinary cases involving fraud and corruption, the eThekwini Municipality has set up a project plan in the hopes of speeding up the processes.  

The cases involve employees said to be responsible for fraudulent and wasteful expenditure.  According to a report that was approved by the full council last week, the project team will submit bi-monthly reports to the executive committee.  It is expected to develop a close-out report with the suitable recommendation by June next year.  The project team will include the city manager, unions and heads of departments.  However, it has not been indicated how much funding the city has budgeted for the project.  Thabane Luthuli, chairperson for Municipal Public Account Committee (Mpac), indicated:  "Disciplinary processes arising from fraudulent or non-compliant actions by officials are investigated by the City Integrity and Investigation Unit.  However, these cases are lengthy, placing a further financial burden to the municipality.  As Mpac, we believe consequence management will circumvent corruption and maladministration as well as enhance good governance.”

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