DA’s mayor for the newly won Tshwane municipality, Solly Msimanga has kept to his words of pinning down all past ANC Councillors connected to shady dealings in the past administration.
The new Tshwane mayor earlier warned all ANC councilors who had served in the city, to be prepared as he is ready to expose all corrupt practices swept under the carpet during the ANC-led regime of government in the municipality.
This time, Mayor Msimanga confirms his words as he laid charges against three high-ranking officials who served during the Ramokgopa administration
The Executive mayor Solly Msimanga was on Wednesday, seen with Tshwane acting city manager Lindiwe Kwele both leaving the Brooklyn police station after laying charges against the officials
Among those charged were political office-bearers and an administrator. The charges laid against them were based on a forensic report regarding the refurbishments of the Pretoria City Hall as well as the official residence of the mayor.
The two projects reportedly cost the municipality R190 million during the past ANC-led administration and was managed by the three officials.
Though their names are yet to be made known to the public because they are now suspects in a corruption case, DA Tshwane Mayor Msimanga explained that the forensic investigation that was conducted revealed that money had been siphoned to revamp the city hall and the mayor’s official residence.
“More than R190m was siphoned. We are saying the money needs to be accounted for, and we need to make sure that the culprits are brought to book,” Msimanga said outside the police station.
He further noted that the three individuals were key to the investigation while three other entities were contracted to complete the project.
“The suspects are known, but we don’t want the people to be prosecuted in the media. The forensic investigations make specific references to individuals who were directors of these companies. The companies have since become involved in projects in other municipalities in the country.
“On the initial report, there are six people; three of them are key to this report and they were the decision-makers responsible for signing off the project. It also looks at three entities that were involved.”
Msimanga expressed shock over the revelation of the forensic report and why actions are yet to be taken against the officials implicated.
“The forensic investigation took a year – from the beginning of last year to November – but what is telling is that after the forensic investigation was completed and submitted, nobody took action from the city’s side. They failed to act on the recommendations in the report.
Meanwhile, Police spokeswoman Captain Augustinah Selepe said the matter would be referred to the commercial crimes unit and Tshwane mayor Msimanga hinted that the delay in taking actions against the implicated people calls for further investigation on how deep the rot is; “we will clean the rot” he added.