Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan made a clarion call that corruption must be decisively dealt with to ensure that a civil society initiated campaign dubbed Take Back Our City – established in collaboration with the municipality – is successful.
Dr Jordaan made this call on Wednesday at a full sitting of Council and reflected on the swift actions taken thus far to deal with corruption in the municipality.
“The Kabuso and Pikoli reports spearheaded by the ANC-governed municipality, indicated areas that required detailed investigation and led to us establishing a forensic investigation into the Integrated Public Transport System.
“Without going into specific details I can confirm that a very detailed study into the IPTS took place that took time partly due to the number of documents and transactions that needed to be reviewed.
“When I previously said that swift action will be taken, I meant it. Disciplinary action against some of the individuals identified during the investigation, have already been initiated. We are working closely with the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies.
“It is therefore clear that we continue to cut deep and act decisively. Action is taken and we once again call on the public and municipal officials to come forward and assist in this process.
“Our clean-up operation is at a very sensitive stage and I therefore would like to request all councillors and officials who are privileged to information not to divulge it as we do not want the reliability of our action to be compromised,” Dr Jordaan added.
The Take Back Our City Campaign was initiated by the South African Police Services and the Community Policing Forum with the support and direction of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. On Saturday, 29 August activities under the banner of Take Back Our Nelson Mandela will take place at the Motherwell Shopping Centre.
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