Mayor Herman Mashaba of the city of Johannesburg has announced that about 106 Joburg officials will be arrested on allegations of corruption.
The mayor said the arrest of the Joburg officials followed an investigation by the city’s anti-corruption unit which identified that 972 transactions that took place in the City of Johannesburg between January 2008 and February 2016, under the ANC government, relating to fraudulent licencing.
According to the DA, close to R14.7 million which was lost through corruption, which could have been better spent on service delivery and Mayor Mashaba went further to say that each of the suspects will be immediately suspended pending swift disciplinary processes by the City.
“Between January 2008 and February 2016, 972 alleged fraudulent transactions at a total value of R14,717,444.00 were identified within the City of Johannesburg,” he said.
“Through the investigation conducted by Mr Sibiya, we have determined that the problem is not limited to the City of Johannesburg. Between January 2008 and February 2016, these fraudulent transactions were valued at R 155 074 672.08 nationally” he added as he points out that tackling corruption was one of the key promises he made during his campaigning in 2016.
The mayor has, since his resumption as the new mayor of the city of Johannesburg in 2016, been on the neck of the ANC past administration in the city, blaming it for contributing to the rising corruption and nepotism which had hampered service delivery in the metro.
The mayor said he would conduct a forensic audit, targeting expenditure and tenders that have raised suspicion, and that “those found guilty of corruption and fraud will go directly to jail.”
“I promised to root out corruption. I am proud to say this administration is living up to that promise,
“The days when corrupt Joburg officials would get a gentle slap on the wrist … are over. I will not rest until a clean, responsive and caring administration that puts our residents first becomes a reality in Joburg,” the mayor said, promising that he will not rest until a clean, responsive and caring administration that puts the interests of our residents first becomes a reality in Johannesburg.