Nelson Mandela Bay metro mayor Athol Trollip has called on the municipality to freeze its multimillion-rand contract with company Mohlaleng Media pending a full investigation into the suspect communications deal.
The newly elected mayor alleged that some of the R21 million was used to “remunerate political appointments”. The “disturbed” Trollip called on the city manager to freeze the contract while the city conducted “a comprehensive” investigation.
“I have today asked the city manager to freeze the municipality’s contract with Mohlaleng Media with immediate effect, and conduct a comprehensive investigation into the deal.
“I was disturbed to learn that the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality had spent in excess of R21 million on this contract, some of which was allegedly used to remunerate political appointments under the former administration.
“I believe that there are adequate grounds to immediately freeze this contract and call for this immediate and urgent investigation to safeguard the institution and its reserves. This administration will not tolerate irregular, wasteful or unnecessary expenditure, in any form, and any contract that is alleged to have facilitated any expenditure of this nature will be fully investigated and scrutinised.”
Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga laid charges of corruption against senior officials of the previous Tshwane administration.
The charges are said to be related to two forensic reports, “detailing corruption, fraud, and misuse of more than R90 million of public money in projects of the city’s previous leadership: City Hall and the Mayoral Residence”.
“The charges were laid against three high-ranking officials of the previous administration, and three entities of local government.”
Msimanga said “this is just the first set of corruption charges to be laid. There is a web of corruption that I am uncovering, and there will be more charges against more officials and former leaders to come. I am determined to cut out corruption in Tshwane decisively.”