Mashaba Vows To Expose Two Ministers Involved In Dodgy Joburg Deals

Mayor Herman Mashaba says of more than 3 000 housing units where construction has ground to a halt over 1 800 of them will be completed in this financial year. (SABC)

City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba dropped a political ticking time bomb on Wednesday morning. According to the DA man, two national ministers will soon be exposed for being implicated in questionable tenders involving the Johannesburg municipality.

Mashaba was delivering his second state of the city address when he revealed that the city was about to conclude an investigation into the creation of the Metropolitan Trading Company. The company’s dealings with another entity called BOT, have raised quite a few eyebrows.

The mayor explained that the City of Johannesburg commissioned the construction, operation and transfer of a broadband network in the city in 2010.

“After four years of the 12-year BOT contract‚ the city decided to buy back the broadband network‚ despite having no experience or capacity to manage it. The price of this decision you may ask? R2.3-billion‚” Mashaba said.

“The city went to the extent of setting up MTC – in an attempt to justify this decision. But‚ as usual‚ what lay behind the decision was insidious corruption‚ characterised by benefiting the cadre networks.”

He went on to explain that multiple companies went on to benefit from the buy-out deal. According to Mashaba, it was as simple as an online search that revealed that two national ministers were listed as directors of the companies.

“These two ministers will be named in due course because this report is expected to be finalised in the near future.”

Earlier in April, Mashaba made headlines as he hand-delivered 94 title deeds to the Finetown community in Ennerdale. By the time the month of April came to a close, 795 title deeds had been issued by the municipal government.

With the DA’s stance on land ownership being so different from the ANC’s state-owned and then leased plan, Mashaba’s corruption claims are sure to make quite a few waves.


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