Metro's new anti-corruption hotline results in 38 new investigations

NOVEMBER 21, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Internal Audit department is processing 38 new investigations thanks to information received through the newly-launched anti-corruption hotline.

"Following years of rampant looting and fraud, the new DA-led coalition government in the Bay, under the leadership of Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, launched an anti-corruption hotline on the 27th October 2016," said Sibongile Dimbaza, Media Liaison and Mayoral Spokesperson.

"Since then, we have received a total of 48 tip-offs, 38 of which have or will result in investigations, the details for which must remain confidential until findings are tabled in council."

Of the total number reported, only 7 tip-offs fall outside the municipal mandate and thus, have been referred to relevant authorities to institute investigations against the alleged perpetrators.

"It is clear that residents and municipal staff have taken this service into their confidence, given that each informant’s identity is strictly protected and that this new Administration is clearly serious about stopping corruption," said Dimbaza.

"The new political leadership has been hard at work to fulfill its promise of ridding the municipality of a deeply entrenched criminal culture that has over the last 20 years derailed many strategic projects worth billions of Rand.

"This is money that has been systemically siphoned out of the municipal coffers by greedy municipal officials and their political allies from the previous administration, in turn ignoring the basic tenet that governs the municipality - to provide basic services to all communities."

He further said that the fight against corruption has been intensified as the metro works towards making huge savings so that the municipality can deliver better services.

"We are working towards becoming the best-run Metro in the country.

"Any form of criminal activity will not be tolerated and the fight for a corrupt-free municipality has been strengthened," described Dimbaza.

"We are working towards building a city on the foundations of freedom, fairness and opportunity for all."

Image: Fighting corruption... Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Municipal Manager, Johann Mettler; Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip; and Nelson Mandela Bay municipal auditing boss, Bonnie Chan.