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Trollip asks Auditor-General to investigate alleged corruption during his tenure

Sep 21, 2018
Trollip asks Auditor-General to investigate alleged corruption during his tenure

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Athol Trollip, says he requested the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to urgently investigate allegations of corruption levelled against him during his tenure as Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

"These allegations were made in a letter written by Mr Bantu Holomisa, president of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), to the Auditor General on 24 October 2017," Trollip said.

"The same allegations were also levelled against Mr Johann Mettler, Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager.

"Mr Holomisa requested the AG’s intervention in various matters regarding PWC’S forensic investigations into alleged irregular payments and the employment of litter pickers.

"Mr Holomisa also recently wrote an open public letter to the AG, making a range of sweeping allegations of corruption against myself and Mr Mettler."

Trollip, who lost an application to have the election of the UDM's Mongameli Bobani as new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor be set aside, said that he has written to the AG and implored him, as a matter of public importance, to urgently proceed with the requested investigation.

"I have also committed myself and my former employees in the mayoral office to cooperate fully in such an investigation.

"If the AG goes ahead with this investigation, he will have to arrange access to the Public Health Standing Committee reports in relation to litter pickers and EPWP appointments, the MPAC report related to these matters as well as the final PWC reports," the former Mayor said.

"The other important report in this regard is the draft report compiled by Deloitte about the IPTS corruption saga.

"I have undertaken to provide the AG with all the available correspondence, documentation and evidence that I have at my disposal.

"Furthermore, I also advised Mr Makwetu that more evidence is coming to light with regard to corruption linked to some of the contracts that were stopped after my election as Mayor.

"This evidence is crucial in linking certain individuals directly to corrupt dealings."

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