Alleged document implicating Metro security boss in fraud charges obtained by DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 13, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has said it has obtained a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) report implicating controversial Metro Safety and Security Head, Linda Mti, in fraud in corruption charges worth R1.5-billion.

In a statement on Sunday, DA provincial leader, and Metro mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, said the 95-page report shows that Mti unduly benefitted from a contract awarded by management group Bosasa in 2009, for allegedly failing to discipline former Department of Correctional Services Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Gillingham, on a series of wrongdoings.

Trollip stated that Gillingham, who was suspended in September of that year, was simply promoted to the position to facilitate the “corrupt business dealings” with Bosasa, whose CEO Gavin Watson, had alleged links with the African National Congress (ANC) through business interest before 1994.

In 2011, CityPress reported that the funds were used to build Mti, who was department commissioner at the time, a lavish mansion in the Midrand-suburb of Savannah Hills, as well as the alleged purchasing of a brand new Volkswagen Touareg.

The article stated that the document had remained in obscurity since being handed over to then Correctional Service Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula also during September, and that the SIU had identified “improper and corrupt” activities between senior department officials and Bosasa on a number of occasions previously.

“Mr. Mti cannot be in high office while he is the subject of a multi-billion rand fraud and corruption investigation,” Trollip said.

“I will inform the Minister of Justice, Michael Masutha, and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NPA), Shaun Abrahams, that I have had sight of this report and request reasons as to why prosecution has not gone ahead. The NPA has had nine years to consider this matter and can no longer delay [any] prosecution”.

The latest controversy comes after Trollip last week called on Eastern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, to investigate Mti appointment after it emerged that the Metro never forwarded it for concurrence.