Former Hawks boss in Gauteng‚ Shadrack Sibiya has been appointed to head Johannesburg’s anti-corruption unit.
The former Hawks boss was appointed by the city’s major, Herman Mashaba, to head the city’s corruption busters.
He was appointed to head the city’s internal investigations unit which would operate independently and similar to a Chapter 9 institution.
Mayor Herman Mashaba introduced Sibiya to reporters during a media briefing on Wednesday. There the mayor reminded the media that since the DA administration took over after the August 3 elections‚ several investigations had been conducted.
Mashaba brought with him, files which he said contained cases of corruption allegedly committed during the previous African National Congress (ANC) administration, amounting to millions of rand in losses for the city.
The city had to acquire “the best investigator” in the country to bust corruption, he said.
“I can now tell you that I am inundated with these allegations‚ forensic reports and questionable tenders all of which have been purposely hidden from the public eye.
“I have a number of cases that are currently at advanced stages of forensic investigation. We will be releasing the outcome of these investigations soon‚ because our approach is that we will share with you the outcomes of all investigations where wrong-doing is found‚” he said.
Herman Mashaba also stated that the investigations were the reason the ANC was making a deliberate effort to collapse his government in council.
“There is a deep-rooted fear that this government will expose the corruption‚ maladministration and nepotism that became the order of the day under the ANC administration. They are correct to fear this.” the mayor said as he points at Sibiya as the new head of the city’s internal investigations unit.
He further assured those who stole from the city is that resigning will not solve their problems because he will make sure he recover public monies and put people behind bars.
Shadrack Sibiya started his career in the Saps‚ rising to the level of detective captain of the National Central Bureau Interpol Pretoria. He has served in the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions)‚ as the chief special investigator heading the Free State Branch and also worked as a brigadier heading the Commercial Crimes unit of the Hawks before becoming the Provincial Head of the Hawks in Gauteng.
The former Hawks boss was instructed by the mayor to set up an effective unit that the city can afford as he is urged to get ready to effectively attend to the number of cases noted in the files.
“There is corruption in almost all departments in the city, the corruption starts from small-scale such as the selling of jobs. Even the jobs that are for low-skilled poor people are sold…that is how bad the situation is,” Mashaba tells the newly appointed anti-corruption boss, Shadrack Sibiya.