Mayor lays corruption charges

Newly-elected Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has laid corruption charges against three former senior officials of the municipality.

He laid the charges at the Brooklyn Police station on Thursday morning.

The mayor said two forensic reports on the renovation of the city hall and the mayoral residence prompted the charges.

“I’ve laid charges of corruption because I promised the people of Tshwane to root out corruption and to pursue those who previously led a corrupt administration” said Msimanga.

The previous municipal administration spent R90 million on renovating the city hall and upgrading the mayoral residence.

Msimanga contended that the cost of the work had been inflated.

“The R90 million includes over-expenditure on opulent upgrades for the previous mayor’s office at the city hall, which damaged the historic building and rendered it unsuitable for use. The upgrades do not justify the enormous price-tag.”

Msimanga said this was only the beginning.

“This is just the first set of corruption charges to be laid. There is a web of corruption that I am uncovering, and there will be more charges against more officials and former leaders to come.”

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