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DA NMB to open case against Mti based on SIU report

By Charl Bosch - Jun 21, 2016
DA NMB to open case against Mti based on SIU report

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has said it has obtained evidence that the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro are conspiring to protect embattled Safety and Security Head, Lindia Mti, form accountability regarding fraud and corruption charges.

Last week, the party stated that leaked SIU documents from 2009 proves that Mti, who served as Correctional Service Commissioner at the time, unduly benefitted from a contract awarded by management group Bosasa, with the funds allegedly being used to built him a lavish mansion in Midrand’s Savannah Hills suburb, as well as the purchase of a brand new Volkswagen Touareg.

The party also said the documents were subsequently handed over to then Correctional Service Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula two years ago later, but that it remained untouched.

Earlier this month, it was also reported that the Eastern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs were never properly informed about Mti’s appointment in April, as it never received concurrence from the municipality despite being sent a submission request.

Addressing the media at the party’s Port Elizabeth regional office on Tuesday, DA provincial leader, and Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, said a letter of demands regarding Mti’a appointment was posted to NPA Head Shaun Abrahams in May, which dismissed just over a month later by his Chief of Staff as not having been received.

“We can therefore reveal that the apparently captured NPA is also lying in a desperate attempt to protect Linda Mti because under the thumb of the ANC, corruption is protected and not fought,” Trollip, flanked by the party’s Federal Chairperson James Selfe, said.

“Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa has still not regularised the appointment of Linda Mti, despite the municipal systems act requiring approval from the MEC within 14 days. Having committed to conduct an investigation, Xasa has now backtracked and is instead protecting the municipality for having clearly ignored the law”.

Trollip said the party would officially open a case against Mti later this week with the SIU report as main evidence.

“This string of lies, deception and obfuscation is symptomatic of an ANC and its various government agencies who continue to steadfastly defend corruption and cadre deployment,” he said.