Mnquma municipal manager Tantsi dies in accident
Zwanga Mukhuthu And Bongani Fuzile | 2017-03-31 09:56:31.0
Municipal Manager Mr Sindile Tantsi. File photo
Image by: Mnquma Local Municipality
Troubled Mnquma Municipal Manager Sindile Tantsi has died in a car accident on the N2 between Port Shepstone and Kokstad.
KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesman Tim Larsen said the accident occurred near the small town of Harding‚ 90km from Port Shepstone at 4.50pm on Thursday.
It is understood that Tantsi was travelling in his Mercedes-Benz when it collided head-on with a bakkie.
Two people‚ including Tantsi‚ died. Three others sustained serious injuries.
ANC Eastern Cape spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane confirmed having received news of the municipal manager’s passing.
“As the ANC we send our deepest condolences and sympathy to his wife and children. We understand that those that were accompanying him also perished him. The party will issue a full statement in due course‚” Qoboshiyane said.
Mnquma’s acting executive mayor Ndyebo Skelenge said they were shocked to hear about the death of Tantsi. “We are saddened by his death. He was a respected and dedicated man who loved his work. We as the Mnquma municipality staff and community are sending our condolences to his family. He remained our employee until his untimely death‚” said Skelenge.
Tantsi’s death comes three days after he appeared in the Butterworth Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges of fraud and money laundering. He was due to appear again on May 8 alongside his co-accused‚ Butterworth businessman Sive Nombembe of Big Event Boy (Pty) Ltd.
The two men were arrested last month by members of a Hawks task team formed to investigate corruption in Eastern Cape municipalities. Tantsi and Nombembe are facing charges of fraud and corruption in relation to a R10-million tender Mnquma issued two years ago to Nombembe’s company.
It is alleged that more than R2-million of that money was used for kickbacks.