Added to his good deeds since the beginning of his tenure as mayor, DA Tshwane Mayor, Solly Msimanga has brought back life two crime-fighting units within the Tshwane municipality.
Announcing the resuscitation of the Metro Police Narcotics Unit and the Tshwane anti-corruption unit, Msimanga said the two are now empowered to fight corruption in the municipality.
The Tshwane mayor claimed that the unit was dissolved by the former ANC administration ‘because they got too close to the truth’ about their hidden corrupt practices.
“Some of the investigators were, in fact, sidelined and taken off cases because they got too close to the truth,” he said
He said the narcotics unit has been given more training to equip it in the fight against drugs and has last week alone, recovered drugs worth more than R500 000 in Tshwane.
“Informal traders who are selling drugs instead of vegetables have been uncovered and are being dealt with. These are things we are already dealing with.
“We are going to hit communities from Eersterust to Soshanguve, Atteridgeville and right through to Centurion,” he warned.
Excited at the start-off duty of the anti-corruption Unit, newly elected mayor Msimanga will bust corruption within the municipality, including irregularities within the system.
“We have given them new power to make sure they have a bit of a bite,
“The team consists of 10 members and they are to investigate corruption within the municipality. We are not spending new money on them because these people were in the system and we are just making better use of them,” Tshwane mayor, Msimanga added.
Added to the resuscitation of the two units, the mayor has also engaged the MMC for social development and embassies in the city in talks on how to build rehabilitation centers for drug addicts,
“We want to see how they can assist us with not only rehabilitation centers but to provide them with skills training so that they can start a new life,” he said, pointing out that it was part of his promise to help fight corruption and drugs in the city.
The mayor noted that when he found out that the previous administration had bought 10 luxury cars worth more than R500 000 each, he immediately handed them over to the metro police anti-hijacking unit.
“We don’t need cars with such high-powered engines. If we are going to have a safer city, it means I also have to equip those who are responsible for keeping the city safe,” he said.
Mayor Solly Msimanga also revealed that a number of contracts are on the way to be reviewed. These include the Tshwane smart meter contract and Tshwane free Wi-Fi.
On this, he said he aims at providing an accessible Wi-Fi to a majority of the people, “but we need to make sure it is sustainable and affordable. It does not help to spend hundreds of millions on providing free Wi-Fi if the city can’t provide water and electricity,” he added.