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Hawks to investigate Mti a victory for people of NMB - Trollip

Hawks to investigate Mti a victory for people of NMB - Trollip

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has reportedly welcomed an announcement by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, otherwise known as the Hawks, to investigate fraud and corruption charges against embattled Metro Safety and Security Head, Linda Mti.

This comes after the party’s provincial leader and municipal mayoral candidate, Athol Trollip, on Tuesday accused the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Metro municipality of protecting Mti against being investigated for unduly benefitting from a contract awarded seven years ago by Bosasa management when he was still Correctional Service Commissioner.

Last week, the party allegedly obtained a 95-page SIU document showing that the funds from Bosasa was used to buy a Mti a luxury mansion in Midrand as well as a brand new Volkswagen Touareg.

The documents, which reportedly identified “improper and corrupt” activities between senior department officials and Bosasa, were handed over to then Correctional Service Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in 2011, with no subsequent action being taken.

Speaking in a statement, Trollip said the decision to investigate Mti, who was appointed by Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan in April, not only comes as a victory for the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay, but also confirms “the DA’s suspicion that he is not fit to head up safety and security in our municipality”.

“The Hawks’ investigation must proceed without fear or favour – when it is complete it will reveal that the ANC has once again employed corruption into the Bay,” he said.

“The people of Nelson Mandela Bay deserve better than a head of Safety and Security who is irregularly and improperly appointed, who is a convicted criminal and who is now at the centre of a billion rand fraud and corruption investigation by the Hawks”.

Trollip said the party would also submit an application to have Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza provide a timeline on the investigation, adding that Mti needs to be suspended until the findings are made known.