Ex NMB Municipal Manager, Mpilo Mbambisa under criminal investigation

OCTOBER 28, 2015

Criminal investigations into former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Municipal Manager, Mpilo Mbambisa's, financial misconduct has begun, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay, announced on Wednesday.

Early in October, the DA announced that it would be taking legal action against Mbambisa, over the alleged approval of a golden handshake by Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan. Mbambisa's payout brought the total amount paid to dismissed managers and city officials in recent years to R10 million.

"The DA has been provided with a SAPS CAS number and an investigating officer has been assigned to the case.

"I will continue to work with the SAPS to ensure that all criminal charges are fully investigated, and handed over for prosecution," Retief Odendaal, DA Caucus Leader: Nelson Mandela Bay, said.

He said the DA will defend our Constitution and the rule of law by ensuring that all those implicated in corrupt or fraudulent activities are brought to book, as we have done in the Mbambisa case.

"In a fair society, those who break the law must face consequences and should certainly not be given million-rand golden handshakes.

"While Mayor Jordaan’s ANC pays out millions to corruption suspects, the DA will instead work tirelessly to send corrupt officials to jail," Odendaal said.

In October, AfriForum Port Elizabeth and the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association (NMBRA), said the controversial golden handshake to Mbambisa, was actually in the best interest of local ratepayers.

Still, AfriForum Port Elizabeth and the NMBRA served the first of forty High Court Application against a local company, Erastyle (Pty) Ltd, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, with the aim to claim back about R6 661 157 that was lost in the Metro's failed IPTS.

Mbambisa is cited as respondent number three on the application among other respondents - Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni; Mhleli Tshamase; Trevor Harper; Walter Shaidi; Babalwa Ntiama and Distictive Trading CC.

 

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