CAPE TOWN – The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro says even if its new head of safety and security is a convicted criminal, he deserves a second chance.
Linda Mti was in 2008 convicted of drunk driving.
He’s also been implicated in a R1.5 billion Correctional Services fraud and corruption tender deal.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro says its confident Mti, who worked closely with Mayor Danny Jordaan during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, is the right man for the job.
Jordaan has hired Mti as the metro’s head of safety and security.
Mti has been criticised for having left his job at Correctional Services under a cloud, following an Special Investigating Unit investigation implicating him in the fraud and corruption tender deal.
But metro officials say his critics, such as the Democratic Alliance (DA), also have some of their own controversies.
Meanwhile, the metro is yet to launch is its long-awaited Metro Police force, but it’s wasted no time in hiring Mti as its new head safety and security.
Officials say the launch of the Metro Police Department has been pushed back for at least two months due to budget constraints, among other issues.
Despite no Metro Police in place, the municipality hired Pinkie Mathabethe as metro police chief in 2014.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)