The decision to sue eight of the NMB Metro’s current and former bosses, and businessmen, is indeed confirmation of the rampant corruption within this ANC government in NMB.
The very fact that some of those in the firing line still occupy municipal offices is proof of the expanding and ongoing rot in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Court cases suing people for money that was wasted and misappropriated years ago, will not get a single bus on NMB’s streets right away. People will remain further from jobs, further from opportunities, and further from an integrated Nelson Mandela Bay community.
The devastating reality is that over R2 billion has been lost to the people of the Bay as a direct result of the scandalous IPTS bungle, which still transports not a single passenger on any given day.
Corruption in NMB is killing jobs and continues to exclude our people from having access to proper service delivery.
It is a sad indictment on the coming-and-going ANC Mayors and ANC governments that a newly appointed municipal manager has to undo the mess created by ANC government over too many years.
The real change that NMB residents need is not a new court case, but a new government.
Successive ANC mayors in NMB have refused to cut corruption and instead, officials like Mpilo Mbambisa, and former communications boss, Roland Williams, walk away scot-free and with large golden handshakes.
The DA will implement a 6-point corruption-fighting strategy, as follows:
- Action forensic audits on all supply chain management. Prosecute any official found guilty of side-stepping supply chain management.
- Open bid adjudication committees to the public to ensure transparency in the tender process.
- Implement contractor and SMME screening to guarantee qualifications, capabilities and competence.
- Zero-tolerance on political interference. Prosecute any individual found guilty of political interference.
- Enforce legislation around preventing government officials from doing tender work with government.
- Set out a standard operating procedure to ensure seamless cohesion and coordination between all spheres of government, especially in the departments of transport, human settlements and water & sanitation.
The DA is set on winning Nelson Mandela Bay in the upcoming local government elections so that this Metro can finally be run by a government that cares enough to deliver quality services, cut corruption and create jobs.
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