Chaos broke out on Thursday when Durban’s acting mayor Fawzia Peer was rushed out of a council meeting after allegedly sipping a paraffin-laced water bottle.
Peer filled the role as acting mayor after mayor Zandile Gumede was placed on 30-days special leave following her arrest on charges regarding a R208-million Durban Solid Waste tender.
The eThekwini Municipality refuted the claim that Peer had been poisoned. The water was sent for testing and the city are awaiting laboratory results as well as the doctors report following Peers checkup.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) to investigate the scandal hours after the incident occurred.
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu said that the audit process had to be suspended for the eThekwnini Municipality following threats and intimidation after it was discovered that some councillors’ water bottles had been contaminated with paraffin.
The audit findings for eThekwini, uThukela District, uMzinyathi District, uMkhanyakude District and Ugu District municipalities concluded that they collectively accounted for R1.76-billion of the total irregular expenditure amount.