ANC seems to be caught in the trap of the newly elected mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga who has vowed to uncover all corrupt dealings of the party in the city.
To prove his point, Mayor Msimanga, will investigate R4 billion in tenders initiated under the former administrations.
The minister stated this in a brief interview with Eyewitness News. He said he would be investigating suspicious tenders granted by the previous administration starting with four tenders worth R4 billion – with more expected to follow.
Mayor had earlier stated that he would subject many contracts to thorough audits to establish if any criminality led to them being awarded.
Keeping to his words, he opened criminal cases two weeks ago against three senior officials who’d been implicated in forensic audit investigations, which had been abandoned by the previous administration.
This time, his new investigation centers on:
- A R3 billion smart meter tender;
- A R380 million Wi-Fi contract;
- A R300 million vehicle fleet contract; and
- A R200 million broadband contract.
He told news reporters that peradventure problems are found in these tender processes, his administration will renegotiate or even cancel the contracts
The city’s Matthew Gerstern also saidthe contracts will be audited to identify irregularities, corruption, kick-backs and value for money.
Mayor Msimanga would then take action in the form of renegotiating contracts or cancelling them altogether, Gerstern further said
To further peg down corruption in the city, DA Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga brought back to life two crime-fighting units within the Tshwane municipality.
Announcing the resuscitation of the Metro Police Narcotics Unit and the Tshwane anti-corruption unit, Mayor Msimanga said the two are now empowered to fight corruption in the municipality.
The Tshwane mayor claimed that the unit was dissolved by the former ANC administration ‘because they got too close to the truth’ about their hidden corrupt practices.
“Some of the investigators were, in fact, sidelined and taken off cases because they got too close to the truth,” he said
Meanwhile, the city has not yet provided a timeline for the R4 billion in tenders investigations to be completed.