After the whole criticism about appointing a convicted criminal as head of security, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Mayor who is stuck in the middle of the drama stands by his decision.
Nelson Mandela Bay Metro defended the appointment saying, even if the new head of safety and security is a convicted criminal, he sure deserves a second chance just like any other person.
The man in question Linda Mti was convicted of drunk driving in 2008 and was also involved in a R1.5 billion Correctional Services fraud and corruption tender deal.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro shared its confidence in Mti to get the job done. The story is that Mti who worked together with Mayor Danny Jordaan during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, is the right choice for the job.
Mayor Jordaan who is responsible for hiring Mti as the metro’s head of safety and security has come under a lot of criticisms from different groups and individuals including the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Also, Linda Mti has been criticized for not leaving his job at Correctional Services with a clean sheet, as a result of an investigation by Special Investigating Unit implicating him in the fraud and corruption tender deal.
However, metro officials hit back at the the critics, such as the DA saying they are not entirely innocent generally.
It should be noted that even though the metro is yet to launch its long-awaited Metro Police force, it has wasted no time in hiring Mti as the new head safety and security. This is similar to 2014, when Pinkie Mathabethe was appointed metro police chief despite no Metro Police in place.
Meanwhile, there has been a delay of at least two months in the launch of the Metro Police Department as a result of budget constraints in the midst of other challenges.