Chris Pappas

Umngeni Local Municipality Mayor Christopher Pappas. Image: DA.

Chris Pappas named cleared

Cogta has cleared uMngeni Mayor Chris Pappas of corruption. DA in KZN wants the ANC to focus on alleged corruption in eThekwini Municipality.

Chris Pappas

Umngeni Local Municipality Mayor Christopher Pappas. Image: DA.

Democratic Alliance KwaZulu-Natal premier candidate Chris Pappas, has been cleared of fraud and corruption allegations. This was after the KZN Department of Co-Operative Government and Traditional Affairs investigations.

In September, ANC member Sizwe Mchunu alleged that Pappas, as uMngeni mayor, is siphoning money from the municipality to his ex-fiancé’s NPO, uMngeni Tourism.

“Based on information sourced and provided, and in the absence of further details, it was deduced that the allegations, at this stage are unfounded” says Cogta MEC Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi.

“It is however regrettable that precious government resources had to be used to investigate these baseless allegations by the ANC which were nothing other than an attempt to score cheap political points”, says provincial chairperson Dean Macpherson.


However, the department has recommended that the municipality implement a policy outlining the funding process of Community Tourism Organisations(CTO). According to the MEC, the lack of a policy contravenes legislation.

Sithole-Moloi has also recommended that the mayor, delegates funding tourism organisations.

“The municipality may also want to consider the delegation of the approval of funding to CTO’s to the municipal manager, to remove any perceptions of political interference on administrative matters”.