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DA to lay criminal charges over alleged interference in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality contracts

Nov 23, 2018
DA to lay criminal charges over alleged interference in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality contracts

The Democratic Alliance says it will be laying criminal charges against Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani, and "his failing ANC-led coalition of corruption", after allegations of political interference in the awarding of contracts to companies surfaced in the media.

"It is illegal in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) to pay contractors before any work has been done," said Andrew Whitfield MPL - DA Eastern Cape Premier Campaign Spokesperson.

"No company can therefore be paid without doing the work. Adding to this, these companies referred to are not even listed on the municipality’s supply chain database."

Whitfield said that the alleged instruction by Cllr Bobani, "and others within his failing ANC-led coalition of corruption", to take millions of rands from budgets earmarked for infrastructure and engineering, and Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) to forcibly create opportunities and “work packages” for companies, will undermine critical service delivery projects.

'Alleged interference in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality contracts obs the poor'

"These actions will take money away from the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay and hand it over to a connected few," he described.

"The alleged R8 million to be taken from the EPWP budget, will lead to the Metro not being able to create EPWP jobs for the rest of the 2017/18 financial year.

"Taking money from EPWP will deny fair access to jobs to those who are in the most dire need."

He said that when the former, DA-led coalition governed Nelson Mandela Bay, much was done to increase EPWP opportunities.

"During our 24 month tenure in government we tripled the number of EPWP jobs created annually and created a fairer EPWP work allocation system," Whitfield said.

"This translated into the creation of almost 5 500 EPWP jobs."

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