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Nelson Mandela Bay IPTS boss Mhleli Tshamase quits

JULY 22, 2015
Nelson Mandela Bay IPTS boss Mhleli Tshamase quits

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) head, Mhleli Tshamase, tendered his resignation on Wednesday ending days of speculation after it was first reported that he, and other senior officials at City Hall, were facing the boot for misconduct.

The news comes after Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, speaking during last Thursday's Council Meeting, said that his administration was determined to root out corruption at City Hall.

“In the previous Council meetings I made it clear that we will do everything in our power to root out corruption within our Metro. We are not going to allow corrupt officials to loot the funds intended for development,” Jordaan said.

“The reports of the forensic investigations are now being finalised and we will act swiftly on their recommendations. As you may recall, we also instructed the City Manager to ensure that all the resolutions of Council are implemented.”

Councillors also deliberated on how the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality intended to deal with disciplinary matters.

“We call on everyone to respect this process and in particular, to respect the rights of the individuals concerned. The processes must unfold without fear, favour or prejudice,” Jordaan said.

That same day, Tshamase and the Metro’s senior finance official, Nadia Gerwel, were reportedly given notices of intent to suspend them.

Much of the charges against Tshamase and the other officials relate to how the Metro's IPTS project ended up becoming its biggest scandal to date.

Launched over seven years ago, the bus system has gobbled up more than R1 billion yet is still not up and running. Its articulated buses remain parked in storage in Motherwell and were only seen on the roads during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

It is alleged that, while stagnant, the system became a cash cow for companies that were appointed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to build the IPTS infrastructure, draw up business plans and contracts, and manage the system’s logistics.