AfriForum Port Elizabeth and the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association (NMBRA) have also welcomed the suspension of several senior officials at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality this week on allegations of corruption and gross misconduct.
“Fantastic news and as you know by now, we worked for six years to clean out corruption, mismanagement and incompetence – and we warned previous Mayors and CFO’s that the politicians and officials ‘are stealing the milk out of their coffee while drinking it’,” AfriForum Vice Chairperson, Kobus Gerber, told RNews. He is also the Chairperson of the NMBRA.
“We have now reached a stage that I can thank Minister Pravin Gordhan for listening to our call in doing what we been plead them to do for years, take corrupt officials on and prosecute them.”
The municipality confirmed the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Director of Communications, Roland Williams; S. Nkanjeni, from the municipality’s Supply Chain department and C. Ritter-Erasmus, also from Communications. Other officials have received notices of the intention to suspend them.
Gerber said he was confident most the suspended officials would be found guilty of stealing taxpayers monies.
“[It’s] not some of them, but most of them and if you see the corruption report we served to the Hawks, Public Protector, Min Gordhan and others, you will see how serious corruption in our Metro is.
“In the IPTS [Integrated Public Transport System], we know that out of about R 2.45 billion that was paid to the Metro, close to R 1.4 billion