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Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga laid corruption charges against former ANC office bearers. The charges were against three high-ranking officials of the Ramokgopa administration. Among them are two political office-bearers and an administrator.

 

The charges were based on a forensic report regarding the refurbishments of the Pretoria City Hall as well as the official residence of the mayor. He laid the charges at the Brooklyn police station on Wednesday.

 

Both projects cost the municipality a combined R190 million and involved the same three officials, who served in the previous local government.Their names cannot be revealed because they are now suspects in a corruption case.

During the first council sitting under DA rule last week, Mayor Msimanga waved copies of what he described as five damning forensic investigation reports at ANC councillors and said he would expose the rot that was eating away at the heart of the capital.

 

“The forensic investigation that was conducted revealed that money had been siphoned to revamp the city hall and also the mayor’s official residence. More than R190m was siphoned. We are saying the money needs to be accounted for, and we need to make sure that the culprits are brought to book,” Msimanga said outside the police station.

 

“The suspects are known, but we don’t want the people to be prosecuted in the media. The forensic investigations make specific references to individuals who were directors of these companies. The companies have since become involved in projects in other municipalities in the country” he added.

 

Police spokeswoman Captain Augustinah Selepe said the matter would be referred to the commercial crimes unit.