Jordaan comes out in support of Mti

JUNE 24, 2016

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan has reportedly hit out at criticism over his decision to appoint Linda Mti as the Metro’s Safety and Security Head.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Metro never properly informed the provincial Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs on Mti’s appointment, and that fraud and corruption charges against him, as well as a 2008 case of drunken driving, were allegedly never taken into account when he was chosen as preferred candidate in April.

“If you are saying whoever is arrested in this country on a drunken driving charge may not work anywhere anymore‚ you would have to dismiss members of parliament of all parties‚ senior executives‚ senior members in business,” Jordaan was quoted by The Times as saying.

“Secondly, if you are saying any person in this country has an allegation against him or her‚ they must just go to jail‚ that is an apartheid constructed justice. That is not what this country is all about. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty”.

On Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said it had received confirmation from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, otherwise as the Hawks, that it would investigate Mti benefiting from a contract awarded by Bosasa management in 2009, in which the funds were reportedly used build him a lavish mansion in Midrand as well as the buying of a luxury SUV.

According to a leaked 95-page Special Investigation Unit (SIU) document obtained by the party last week, the allegations against Mti, who was serving as commissioner for the Department of Correctional Services at the time, were presented to then Correctional Service Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in 2011, with no subsequent action being taken.

It was reported that the document identified “improper and corrupt” activities between senior department officials and Bosasa, who’s CEO Gavin Watson was reported by the Mail and Guardian to have had links with the African National Congress (ANC) through business interest.