National 6.9.2016 03:53 pm

Mayor Msimanga says he’s ‘uncovered the next Nkandla’

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga (centre) speaks at a press conference, 26 August 2016, where he announced the members of his mayoral committee, at the council chambers in Centurion. With him are the Tshwane Speaker Katlego Matheba (left) and Chief Whip Christian van den Heever (right). Picture: Michel Bega

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga (centre) speaks at a press conference, 26 August 2016, where he announced the members of his mayoral committee, at the council chambers in Centurion. With him are the Tshwane Speaker Katlego Matheba (left) and Chief Whip Christian van den Heever (right). Picture: Michel Bega

According to a report, the new mayor says much as R90m was spent recklessly on Tshwane’s city hall, with little to show for it.

IOL has reported that new Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga is now busy investigating what he refers to as “Nkandla 2.0”, related to alleged “renovations” to Pretoria’s city hall that supposedly cost taxpayers R90 million, but without any true value being gained for money spent.

Msimanga reportedly said that it was “actually a shame” and “shocking that we have nothing but another version of the Nkandla debacle”.

He said that not only were the improvements not satisfactory, damage had actually been done to the city’s heritage.

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He added that he had a forensic report on the supposed improvements to City Hall that was part of other cases he would be handing to authorities.

He said he was also investigating why R500 million had been spent on a stadium in Soshanguve and was looking into several other sites where city infrastructure was crumbling.

Last week, Msimanga made headlines in a city council meeting when he waved a stack of forensic documents at the ANC benches and warned councillors that he had enough information on their alleged financial misdeeds to ensure that they would go to prison.

He sparked outrage in his first ordinary council meeting when he threatened to put these alleged corrupt ANC councillors in “orange suits”.

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Executive mayoral spokesperson for Tshwane Matthew Gerstner told The Citizen the reports the executive mayor produced were couriered to Treasury.

“The mayor wants to follow the correct procedures and properly table these reports. He has damning reports against senior officials in the former ANC administration, which require investigation. Once the treasuries have confirmed these financial irregularities are outside the law, a case will be opened with the police,” he said.

According to Gerstner, the police’s elite unit, the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (Hawks), will most likely get involved in the investigations.

Gerstner said he had no knowledge at this time of who the parties involved were, only that they were senior.

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