Mashaba to arrest ‘106 corrupt Joburg licensing officials’

The DA mayor says dodgy officials have engaged in possibly corrupt transactions worth nearly R15m.

The new Johannesburg municipal administration under Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba has announced that it intends to arrest more than 100 allegedly corrupt officials at the city’s licensing centre.

The party claims it has identified 927 transactions that may have been fraudulent, to the value of R14.7 million, which “could have been spent on service delivery”.

In a statement on Tuesday, the mayor said: “106 allegedly corrupt JHB licensing centre officials will be arrested in the coming days!”

It’s not clear if the implicated officials all work at one centre or if the arrests will be spread out across the many licensing centres dotted throughout the city.

Mashaba revealed the arrests were based on an investigation by the city’s anti-corruption unit.

“Under an ANC government, between Jan 2008 and Feb 2016, 972 alleged fraudulent transactions at a total value of R14.7 million were identified within the City of Johannesburg.

“I promised to root out corruption in the City of Johannesburg and to bring those responsible for its existence to book.

“I am proud to say this administration is living up to that promise.”

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