AfriForum PE promises proof of IPTS corruption over next few weeks

JANUARY 14, 2015

AfriForum Port Elizabeth has promised to make public evidence of corruption by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) senior officials in the roll out of the metro’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) over the next few weeks.

“We will be showing you some proof of all corruption by our NMB Metro officials over the next few weeks,” said AfriForum PE Vice Chairperson, Kobus Gerber.

Compensation and payments fraud

Gerber said that the initial compensation agreement between the NMBM and the taxi industry included 60 Directly Affected Taxi Operators.

“These directly affected taxi operators agreed to hand in their vehicles and operating licenses to the NMBM for an amount of R6 500 per month each as compensation during the implementation of the pilot phase of the IPTS project,” he explained.

“The pilot phase was to run for a period of one year commencing January 2013 – January 2014 at which point the compensation to Kyoscan would cease. The pilot phase came to an end on 21 January 2014.

“[However,] information relating to the IPTS project revealed that further payments had been made to Kyoscan during the month of June, September and December 2014.

“These payments raised concerns considering that the compensation agreement had terminated in January 2014 and no further payments should have been due and payable to Kyoscan.”

Rusting away in storage

Gerber provided the photos below of affected taxi’s which were assessed by Axios Consulting before their hand in to the Metro – note their poor condition. He said that the 60 taxi operators received in total R9.3 million over the last 24 months and the taxis are still in storage.