- Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is facing criminal charges laid against him by the ANC
- This relates to the alleged irregularities in a hefty tender awarded to AfriRent by the city
- Mashaba, despite this development, says he isn't stressed over the situation
The ANC has laid criminal charges against Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and other city officials.
TimesLIVE reports that Eunice Mgcina, chief whip of the ANC in the region, says the party had issued warnings over the irregularities in the R1.2 billion contract awarded to AfriRent:
"We felt that since the mayor, the MMC of corporate and shared services and officials have failed to do correct things, it is time to lay charges against them, to keep them accountable for things they have done wrong."
Earlier this year Mashaba had commissioned a report which had found nothing amiss in the way the enviable tender was awarded.
Cathy Seefort, the ANC member who opened the case against the Mayor, claimed that the tender process had been flawed, accusing Mashaba of having no respect for regulations.
Seefort insists that another supplier had given more affordable rates and had been appointed, but later received a letter cancelling the contract.
In response to the charges being laid against him, Mashaba says that he isn't concerned over the ANC's actions:
"Who is worried about the ANC laying Corruption charges against me? I just find it absurd being done by professional State looters. That’s all."
Briefly.co.za reported that an AmaBhungane report had linked the Economic Freedom Fighters and leader Julius Malema to dodgy dealings in the tender awarded to the company, accusing Mashaba of paying the party kickbacks.
AfriRent had allegedly supplied the Red Berets with a tractor that the party had donated, with allegations that the whole endeavour had been a fluke after the vehicle was found parked outside a popular party venue.
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