The DA welcomes Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan’s announcement that he has called for an investigation into the City of Tshwane’s corrupt and unlawful PEU smart-meter contract, which has wasted R1,84 billion to date.
This follows the DA’s request to both Minister Gordhan and Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene to initiate a forensic investigation into this matter and the criminal charges that I laid this week against Executive Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, and all those involved.
In fact, Gordhan himself instructed the City of Tshwane not to enter into the PEU contract when he was Minister of Finance. Executive Mayor Ramokgopa and Municipal Manager Ngobeni chose to ignore this instruction.
The DA has therefore laid charges of fraud, perjury, contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act and misleading the City of Tshwane municipal council against the mayor, municipal manager and the directors of PEU Capital Partners (PEU).
The total amount lost by the City of Tshwane to date on the terminated PEU smart meter contract is R1.84 billion, which is money that the residents of Tshwane have been robbed of. This exorbitant amount has only resulted in around 12 000 metres being installed out of 800 000 metres needed.
Despite these unlawful acts, no action had been taken by the national government against Executive Mayor Ramokgopa and Mr Ngobeni to date, and therefore Minister Gordhan’s move to investigate the contract is a welcome first step against this corrupt, fraudulent and unlawful situation.
Minister Gordhan has written to Gauteng MEC for Local Government Jacob Mamabolo requesting him to launch an investigation into the matter. It is critical that MEC Mamabolo acts independently and impartially in conducting this investigation and must not protect his fellow ANC cadres who are guilty of maladministration and corruption.
Minister Gordhan has also indicated that he wants a progress report from MEC Mamabolo’s department within 30 days.
This investigation is a welcome step against the corrupt ANC government of Tshwane; however, the next step must be to vote this government out and to replace it with a government that will stop the cancer of corruption, grow the economy, create jobs and will ensure that all citizens have access to services and opportunities.
That is why I am running as Mayor of Tshwane, to end the scourge of corruption and maladministration under the ANC that is killing job creation and service delivery in Tshwane.
The DA is set on winning the City of Tshwane in Election 2016 to bring change, and a new hope for Tshwane.
DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane
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