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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Vanessa Burger. Read Part I here.]

On 16 July 2019, an eThekwini Municipality internal audit report revealed the municipality had incurred R50.2m in irregular expenditure in the first three months of the year. Top of the list was Glebelands Hostel where R16.9m was spent on upgrades without a tender process.

This is the second of a two-part series exposing administrative failure and alleged corruption at one of South Africa’s most violent social housing complexes, how it came about and why it probably won’t be addressed any time soon. (Read Part One: Durban’s hostel dwellers the collateral damage as Public Protector fights battles on all fronts.)

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In his closing arguments to the Moerane Commission of Inquiry into KZN’s political killings in 2018, advocate Bheki Manyathi said that although the commission was not investigating Glebelands itself, the hostel “featured strongly because politics was the primary cause of violence there”.

Continue reading here.

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