Mixed reaction to new metro safety and security director

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 29, 2016

The African National Congress (ANC) in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has reportedly welcomed the Metro’s decision to appoint Linda Mti as the new executive director of safety and security.

Earlier this week, Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan confirmed that Mti, who previously served as security head for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and commissioner of correctional services, would take up the position despite facing allegations of drunk driving and corruption worth R1.5-billion.

“He is the former co-ordinator of the national intelligence co-ordinating committee, former national commissioner of correctional service and former head of security for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This experience will certainly contribute immensely to the municipality’s efforts of fighting against crime,” ANC provincial spokesperson Bamanye Ntshona told News24.

Mti’s appointment, which comes after the city reportedly postponed the planned unveiling of its much delayed metro police this coming Saturday “by at least two months”, has however been questioned with Democratic Alliance (DA) provincial leader, and metro mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, describing it as an example of Jordaan putting the interest of the ruling party before those of residents.

“The appointment of criminal Mti shows Jordaan up as being soft on crime and corruption. From a Mayor currently at the centre of a $10-million FIFA bribe scandal, this is a further knock to Jordaan’s crumbling credibility,” Trollip said in a statement.

“While the people of many communities across Nelson Mandela Bay face murderous crime and gangsterism, the ANC administration under Danny Jordaan persists in dragging its feet and bungling the launch of a metro police service, while employing thugs to head up major directorates”.

He also stated that the party would be submitting an application for Metro Speaker Maria Hermans to reveal the names and CV’s of the applicants overlooked in favour of Mti.

“Danny Jordaan’s true ANC colours are starting to shine brightly, following closely in the footsteps of his ally, Jacob Zuma. We therefore request that Speaker Hermans openly disclose the list of applicants, or be seen as protecting Jordaan and his criminal pal, Mti”.