CoJ Mayor rooting out corruption

(WEB) The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, councillor Herman Mashaba, is making good on his promise to root out corruption. Photo: Supplied

“My message to the corrupt people in CoJ is this: You have operated long enough with people looking the other way,” said Mayor Mashaba.

Since being elected as the City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) Executive Mayor during August 2016’s municipal elections, Herman Mashaba has made good on his promise to root out corruption.

During his acceptance speech, he said that corruption would be declared public enemy number one, and that he would do everything in his power to make sure these issues are addressed.

According to reports from The Citizen, the mayor’s clean-up operation of the city has resulted in 1 920 cases being under investigation by the end of June.

The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, councillor Herman Mashaba, is making good on his promise to root out corruption. Photo: Adéle Bloem

“A total of 314 people have been arrested, including employees of the city. The investigations vary from fraud and corruption, theft of city assets and hijacked buildings to unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure,” said Luyanda Mfeka, the city’s acting spokesperson.

He added that more than 100 city employees have been suspended, 12 had resigned and seven were dismissed. There was also an unspecified number that were issued with final written warnings

He also shed some light on allegations that the investigation’s framework was open to manipulation, with certain service providers being handpicked to conduct certain investigations without following the tender procedures.

“The appointment of service providers to investigate different cases complies with all the relevant legislation, such as the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act (56 of 2003) and the city’s own procurement policies,” he said.

He said that a tender was advertised and 10 different forensic companies were approved, including SizweNtsablubaGobodo (an auditing firm). “These service providers are appointed on a rotational basis, allowing everyone on the panel an opportunity to render their services to the CoJ as and when required. Investigations include conflict of interest, complexity of the matters under scrutiny, competence, equity, expertise and experience,” he concluded.

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