Buzzsouthafrica confirmed that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s controversial head of safety and security Mr. Linda Mti will be leaving his position officially next year.
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip, also confirmed Mti has tendered his resignation to the municipal and will be taking early retirement.
For years, Mr. Linda Mti has been under investigation by the Hawks for alleged fraud and corruption.The fraud was in connection with alleged fraud linked to about R2-billion worth of catering tenders awarded to the Bosasa group
He allegedly committed the fraud between 2004 and 2006 while he was still with the correctional service. And since after his actions came to light, no action has been taken against him even after the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) handed over a report on the alleged irregularities to the Hawks in 2010.
On his appointment, controversial Linda Mti was appointed in April by the Nelson Mandela Bay council following a recommendation by former mayor Danny Jordaan. He has been a central figure in Trollip’s election campaign this year, with Trollip questioning his appointment, since he’s still under investigation.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay had also been pushing for the National Prosecuting Authority to charge Mti for fraud and corruption since the party defeated the ruling party in the area.
In August, Mti through his lawyers issued a stern warning to Trollip, demanding him to desist from defaming him. According to the stipulation of the letters, Trollip would face court action should he throw more “insulting remarks at Mti.
“We are, in the circumstances; instructed to demand from you … that you provide us with your written undertaking that you will cease and desist from making disparaging remarks regarding our client.
“Your conduct, remarks and allegations are wrongful and defamatory of our client. As a result of your conduct; our client has, and continues to suffer considerable damage to his dignity and reputation,” Mti’s attorney warned.
Mti, 62, was also found guilty of drunk and negligent driving in 2008.