Mashaba says he may privately prosecute corruption cases if NPA won't

Mashaba says he may privately prosecute corruption cases if NPA won't

- Herman Mashaba says that his administration has opened over 5 000 cases of corruption for investigation

- However, the mayor says that the NPA is not prosecuting a number of these cases

- Now, Mashaba has written a letter to NPA boss Shamila Batohi over the matter

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Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says that he may privately prosecute certain corruption cases that the NPA has decided not to pursue.

The mayor has written a letter to NPA head Shamila Batohi to share his frustration with what he sees as the inaction of the NPA's Johannesburg wing.

The cases Mashaba wants to prosecute include an incident where R88 million was spent on upgrades to certain power stations, yet no work was actually done.

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Group Forensic and Investigation Services, an investigative unit Mashaba established after becoming mayor, has reportedly investigated over 5 000 corruption cases since 2016, has gathered. The total value of the misspent funds in these cases is estimated at roughly R33 billion. 

However, Mashaba claims that many of these cases are not being prosecuted by the NPA, according to The Citizen.

A spokesperson for the NPA has said that Batohi has acknowledge receipt of Mashaba's letter about these cases and would be considering the matter.

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This comes after the ANC in Johannesburg announced that it would be tabling a motion of no confidence in Mashaba later this month. The party claims that the metro has gone bankrupt and corruption has flourished under Mashaba's leadership.

Mashaba has dismissed these claims, saying that the ANC wants him gone because his administration was clamping down on corruption. Additionally, the mayor has claimed that some of the cases under investigation include ANC members.

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