The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Athol Trollip, amongst others has never been comfortable after Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan appointed Linda Mti as the metro safety and security chief in April.
A former Commissioner of Correctional Services‚ Mti was found guilty of drunk and negligent driving in 2008.
Not only that, he is currently under investigation by the Hawks in connection with alleged fraud linked to about R2-billion worth of tenders awarded to the Bosasa group between 2004 and 2006‚ while he was still with Correctional Service.
Still appalled by Mti’s unfitness to hold the office, the DA Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate‚ Athol Trollip‚ said he has opened a case against Mti at Uitenhage police station today.
The mayoral candidate asserted that he presented a 12-page draft charge sheet against the metro safety and security chief- which included allegations of corruption linked to the Bosasa tender and irregular deals.
The 12-page “comprehensive charge sheet” was handed over to the police together with DA chief whip in Parliament John Steenhuisen after the opposition party had taken legal advice.
Trollip stated this in a statement: “We maintain that Linda Mti is not fit to hold high office in the Bay given his multiple criminal convictions and the ongoing investigation into his involvement in a multibillion-rand fraud and corruption scandal‚ as outlined by the Special Investigation Unit.
He added that “It is unfathomable that Mayor (Danny) Jordaan saw fit to push for the appointment of Mti to high office under such a cloud of ongoing controversy. This administration is employing corruption into our metro‚ which the DA is determined to stop.”
Linda Mti was former 2010 World Cup security boss. His subsequent appointment as the metro security chief was however perceived as prioritization of ANC cadres and patronage for friends.