Zuma orders investigation into Buffalo City Municipality

The probe by the SIU will cover alleged offences in the municipality going back more than six years.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has ordered the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe allegations of corruption in the Buffalo City Municipality in the Eastern Cape.

The region made headlines after the death of former president Nelson Mandela.

Its former mayor and several high-ranking officials were arrested for alleged fraud involving Madiba's memorial services in the province.

That matter is due to be heard in court later this year.

Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola says the investigation by the SIU will cover alleged offences in the municipality going back more than six years.

"The proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate. The allegations include serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the municipality and improper or unlawful conduct by employees."

He adds the investigation will look into alleged offences that took place between 1 September 2008 to the date of the proclamation.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the president's call for an investigation.

DA leader in the province Athol Trollip said, "I am pleased that the Presidency has identified that there are mountains of corruption in this municipality but I'm not holding my breath on investigations leading to anything because we never see that."