Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba Condemned the decision by Gauteng provincial government to institute an investigation into the allegations of procurement maladministration in the City of Johannesburg as “political point-scoring”.
This comes just after MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Dikgang ‘Uhuru’ Moiloa called for Premier David Makhura to institute forensic investigations into Joburg and Tshwane, which include alleged irregular appointments of senior officials and tender irregularities amounting to billions of rands.
Moiloa said if the allegations were not investigated‚ they could have “dire consequences on the credit and liquidity of those cities” and collapse the two Democratic Alliance-run metros in Gauteng.
In a statement, Mashaba said the matters to be probed were already being investigated by the public protector after the Joburg ANC laid a complaint last year, adding Moiloa’s was instituting an investigation without any effort to engage the City and that this process was being politically driven.
“The public protector has engaged the City of Johannesburg in the investigation. Duplicating this investigation demonstrates further the irrational nature of the MEC’s decision. It appears that his decision to institute a section 106 investigation is motivated by politics rather than good governance principles,” Mashaba said.
Mashaba also questioned whether Moiloa intended on initiating similar investigations into alleged corruption in ANC-run municipalities in Gauteng, including Merafong, Ekurhuleni and Rand West Local Municipality.
Mashaba said his administration will not involve itself in an engagement with the provincial government, but warned Moiloa to proceed with caution on this matter “because the multi-party government in Johannesburg will not stand by idly when laws are twisted to settle political scores”.