While DA Tshwane mayor lays charges against past councillors for corrupt dealings, Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip requests that his municipality’s multi million-rand contract with company Mohlaleng Media be frozen.
The metro mayor called on the city manager to freeze the contract claiming that the alleged that alleged R21 million was used to “remunerate political appointments”.
“I have today asked the city manager to freeze the municipality’s contract with Mohlaleng Media with immediate effect, and conduct a comprehensive investigation into the deal.
“I was disturbed to learn that the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality had spent in excess of R21 million on this contract, some of which was allegedly used to remunerate political appointments under the former administration.” says Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor
The Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor reiterated that the millions of rand in question were paid to two ‘media specialists’ over five months at the company.
Report also had it that the media group worked closely with former NMB mayor, Danny Jordaan, and saw its R10 million ‘cap’ on government spending lifted.
Following all these, the mayor requested that the contract remain frozen until “a comprehensive” investigation is done
“I believe that there are adequate grounds to immediately freeze this contract and call for this immediate and urgent investigation to safeguard the institution and its reserves. This administration will not tolerate irregular, wasteful or unnecessary expenditure, in any form, and any contract that is alleged to have facilitated any expenditure of this nature will be fully investigated and scrutinized.”
Trollip’s fight against shady dealings in his municipality came same day the newly elected mayor for the city of Tshwane laid criminal charges against the municipality’s past Councillors under the ANC umbrella.
The DA Mayor Solly Msimanga, who had been taking decisive actions towards recouping all fund swept under carpet during the past administration, has already taken action in his metro, by cutting off all wasteful luxury items used by politicians. These include luxury vehicles and the use of‘blue light brigades’ for traveling.