- Herman Mashaba has accused former DA leader Tony Leon of trying to solicit business from the City of Johannesburg
- The mayor says that the attempt to gain R300 million from his city was unsuccessful
- These allegations have caused an uproar within the opposition party at a sensitive point in time
Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba claims that former party leader Tony Leon had tried but failed to solicit business from his metro.
In a City Press report, Mashaba accused Leon of attempting to garner R300 million worth of business from the government.
The mayor accused Leon of being 'conflicted' about the work of an internal review panel because of the incident. The panel was set to oversee party policies, systems, leadership and 'poor performance' in the May elections.
The South African reports that Leon had allegedly attempted to push the deal through by sending Mashaba's office communication alluding that the deal was 'solid'.
The mayor had told Leon he has no say on who receives contracts with the government, revealing he had allegedly attempted to carry out the deal without approval from the City.
Leon has rejected these claims, questioning why Mashaba had waited so late to raise his concerns:
“I hardly need to point out that who the City of Johannesburg decides to contract with is entirely the business of the City following all lawful processes. It is not the business of myself, or the company I chair, as one of our roles is to manage relationships between our private sector clients and those in the public sector, and we do so in an entirely open and transparent fashion."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that federal executive members had dubbed it 'undemocratic' to attempt removing Mmusi Maimane prematurely, following calls for his ousting, allegedly led by Leon.
The uprising against the current party leader had followed scandals over his home, which he over-declared as an asset despite renting it, and a Toyota Fortuner which had been rented for his use by the infamous Steinhoff company.
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