DA councillor claims R1.2 payout from mall developer wasn't a bribe

DA councillor claims R1.2 payout from mall developer wasn't a bribe

- A DA councillor in Ekurhuleni has been accused of accepting a bribe from a mall developer

- In exchange for the bribe, the councillor was expected to represent the developer's interest

- The DA in Gauteng has since said Shabangu will face questioning and then disciplinary action

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Shadow Shabangu, a DA councillor, is facing allegations that he accepted R1.2 million from a mall developer to secure his support of a construction project.

Shabangu has admitted to receiving the payment, but says that it was not a bribe.

The DA has reportedly not yet taken action against Shabangu.

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This follows a report by the Ekurhuleni Municipality, which concluded that Shabangu had received the hefty payments from the developer of the Springs Mall.

Additionally, the report found that Shabangu entered into an illegal contract with the developer. According to the contract, Shabangu would protect the interests of the developer rather than those of the district he represented. In return, Shabangu received payouts in several installments between August 2016 and April 2017.

According to the Sunday Times, the report also alleges that Shabangu deceived the council by insisting that he was contracted by the developer for consulting services, when this was in fact not the case. 

The DA in Gauteng says they only heard about the report on Friday. They added they would be calling on Shabangu to answer to the accusation and that he would face disciplinary action.

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Shabangu, however, says that there was nothing unlawful about his dealings with the developer. 

"I never accepted a kickback," he said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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