Mashaba's mystery: I'm going to name ministers implicated in dodgy Joburg deals

02 May 2018 - 12:31 By Penwell Dlamini
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba presents his state of the city address in council chambers in Braamfontein on Wednesday.
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba presents his state of the city address in council chambers in Braamfontein on Wednesday.
Image: Penwell Dlamini

Two ministers are implicated in questionable tenders involving the Johannesburg municipality‚ mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday.

Delivering his second state of the city address‚ Mashaba said the city was on the brink of closing an investigation into the establishment of the Metropolitan Trading Company and its dealings with a company called BOT.

Mashaba said that in 2010 the city commissioned the construction‚ operation and transfer of a broadband network throughout the city.

"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 added that a series of companies benefited through this buy-out deal.

"And a simple search of these companies revealed no less than two national ministers listed as directors. These two ministers will be named in due course because this report is expected to be finalised in the near future‚" Mashaba said.


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