The DA has written to NMB Council Speaker Maria Hermans to demand that the names and CVs of all applicants for the position of ED for Safety Security be made available for public scrutiny – the position Danny Jordaan had his criminal pal Linda Mti installed to.
See letter below.
Danny Jordaan’s ANC must explain why they appointed a convicted criminal and alleged billion-rand fraudster, over other candidates; a move that the DA voted against in council.
Should speaker Hermans not release the CVs within 7 days, the DA will consider bringing a PAIA application on all documents which led to Mti’s appointment.
The DA is hard at work holding to account an ANC government which breaks endless promises and appoints criminals.
It is unsurprising that Jordaan’s ANC in NMB has come out in defence of Mti’s appointment. The ANC shows itself consistently to be a defender of criminality, just like it defends Jacob Zuma even when he breaks the constitution or faces 783 criminal charges.
Mti’s new responsibilities include overseeing the much-delayed metro police service, should Mayor Jordaan ever decided to launch one.
It is beyond comprehension that the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay would see fit to appoint an individual with a criminal record, who is also implicated in a multi-billion rand fraud scandal, to head up an entire metro safety and security directorate.
The people of Nelson Mandela Bay need to be led by people of integrity, committed to improving service delivery, stopping corruption and creating jobs.
The DA is ready to govern the Bay. By being honest and responsive, a DA-led government in Nelson Mandela Bay will make our Metro safe again, provide opportunity, deliver better services and work tirelessly to redress economic inequality.
The letter read:
29 APRIL 2016
THE SPEAKER OF COUNCIL
NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY
CLLR MARIA HERMANS
Re: Publication of Names and CVs of all applicants for position of ED: Safety and Security
The appointment of Mr Linda Mti as Executive Director: Safety and Security has reference.
It has recently come to light that Mr Mti has a criminal record and accordingly the DA has a reasonable suspicion that this material fact was not disclosed during the application process. Given the fact that this is a high profile appointment we believe that it is in the public interest to disclose the names and CVs of all other applicants for this position.
Furthermore, given Mr Mti’s criminal history and involvement in a billion-rand fraud scandal, the DA believes that he is not fit to hold said position.
In respect of the urgency of this matter and the interest of protecting our people against criminals in senior positions, I request a response to this letter within the next seven (7) days from the date of delivery. Should this information not be made available within the stipulated timeframe, the Democratic Alliance will pursue an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (Act No 2 of 2000) herein.
We await your kind but urgent response hereto.
I remain, yours faithfully
Retief Odendaal L.LB (NMMM)
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