3 May 2019

GOOD ESTABLISHES DEDICATED CORRUPTION DESK

Elections office inundated with allegations of malfeasance

 

Since submitting evidence of alleged corruption at George Municipality to the Public Protector three weeks ago, the office of GOOD leader Ms Patricia De Lille has received allegations of wrongdoing from whistle-blowers across the country.

 

“I have established a new party and we are near the end of an intense programme of campaigning and organising. I haven’t had the space to do justice to all the new allegations of corruption that have streamed into my office,” Ms De Lille said.

 

When she was at the City of Cape Town Mayor De Lille established an anti-racism desk to pay focussed attention to that scourge. This week, she asked Team GOOD to establish an anti-corruption structure, including a web-based reporting mechanism (see link: https://www.forgood.org.za/corruption-desk)  

 

“I fought against the corrupt apartheid system, I exposed the corrupt ANC arms deal, and I opposed the anti-transformation agenda of the conservative DA. I have no plans to stop holding liars and crooks accountable,” Ms De Lille said.

 

GOOD national chairperson Ms Nthabiseng Lephoko said: “Although South Africa has a number of crime fighting agencies and Chapter Nine institutions dedicated to fighting corruption, due to the extent of State Capture, South Africans have lost faith in many of our institutions and are reluctant to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing.  

 

“Some of these people have approached GOOD because they believe in the track record of our leader, Ms De Lille. We assure all GOOD South Africans that they can trust us to protect them and GOOD will dowhat it can to assist.”

 

Three weeks ago, GOOD submitted evidence to the Public Protector of a conflict of interest at George Municipality involving the transfer of municipal savings, the DA councillor responsible for finances, and the councillor’s son.

 

After the election, GOOD will return to the Public Protector to submit documentation relating to alleged corruption at DA-led Cape Agulhas Municipality. 

 

Evidence submitted to GOOD by a whistle-blower indicates that a municipal bursary scheme set up to assist poor children access university education may have been abused by top municipal officials. 

 

Cape Agulhas municipal bursaries are meant to help poor residents access university education, and are restricted to households with a combined income of less than R20 000 a month. 

 

The Cape Agulhas municipal manager earns a minimum of R90 000 a month. Yet according to the whistle-blower’s documentation, last year the municipality paid nearly R45 000 towards the tuition and accommodation fees of someone of the same age and name as the Municipal Manager’s son.

 

GOOD calls on the Cape Agulhas Municipality to take thepeople of the district into its confidence on this matter.

 

A third DA-led Western Cape Municipality, Cape Winelands, is also in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. GOOD last week registered a case of BBBEE fronting at the BBBEE Commission. GOOD does not wish to reveal details of the case at a sensitive point of the investigation.

 

Meanwhile, the City of Johannesburg’s Integrity Commissioner has sent written confirmation to GOOD that he will investigate whether the Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba (DA) may have a conflict of interest with respect to property valuations in the city.

 

According to a whistle-blower, from whom GOOD received a substantial dossier of information, the City of Johannesburg is deliberately under-valuing some commercial property so that the owners pay lower rates bills.

 

At the same time as approaching GOOD, the whistle-blower approached the Public Protector, who has confirmed an investigation into: “The gross undervaluation of 50% rates by Growthpoint Properties as at 2006 to 2016 of its Johannesburg properties when Mayor Herman Mashaba was the Executive Director and Deputy Chairperson of the private company.” 

 

The Public Protector has further confirmed it will look into, “The irregular billing of property rates which resulted in the Municipality losing a total amount of R1billion and R200 million a year with Mr Mashaba as the Mayor”.

 

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Cameron Arendse