Mayor lays criminal case over Tshwane corruption
The gloves came off yesterday when Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga walked into the police station to lay criminal charges against three senior ANC council administrators. Msimanga delivered two forensic reports to the police, saying he wanted to "get rid of rogue elements in his administration".Msimanga, who took over the mayoral reins in Tshwane last month, has vowed to go after "criminal elements" who "milked the state's coffers".Msimanga said he was going to put stricter measures on the city's procurement process .The corruption charges involve a senior official and a senior council procurement official. "The people of Hammanskraal should be getting clean drinking water and the people of Mamelodi should be getting proper tarred roads. People are not getting any services because money is being taken out of the system and put into the pockets of the corrupt officials."Msimanga said he acted on forensic reports compiled by external auditors.The cases under scrutiny involve R90-million spent on a City Hall project and over-expenditure on the mayoral residence."Accountability is the first step into turning the city around. We need to make sure there is accountability, but also I need to make sure that we turn this ship around because Tshwane is in a serious financial mess."I need to demonstrate that we are putting mechanisms in place. In being able to do that we will demonstrate to investors and potential investors that we are serious about good financial management so that they can invest in us and we will get loans to get projects going," the capital's mayor added.