By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA and SIZWE ZWANE
*THE CITY OF Tshwane, it is not put under administration, might collapse because of looting of state coffers by corrupt elements in the DA administration who are running the city like Helen Zille’s spaza shop.
The ANC in Tshwane has revealed that there is a trio that is causing the collapse of the city, they are Moeketsi Mosola (City Manager), Councilor Sheila Senkubuge (MMC – Roads and Transport) and Councilor Mandla Nkomo (MMC – Housing and human settlements). R250 million which should have been used to provide services in the townships has been given to their middleman Glad Africa by the DA administration as a fee. This means if the middleman manages to be paid R250 million in 6 months, more than a Billion rands of taxpayer’s money will go to the same middleman in 2 years time.
During the media briefing the chairperson of the ANC in Tshwane, Dr. Kgoshi Maepa said the appointment of the consultancy firm GladAfrica by the City Manager of Tshwane, Moeketsi Mosola using a flawed process negates the popular narrative of clean governance peddled by the DA during their 2016 Local Government Elections campaign.
“We have been told many times about a false thesis that the DA-led government is clean wherever it is found, although Regulation 32 of the MFMA allows for the Accounting Officer of a Municipality to procure goods or services from an existing contract at another Organ of State, the circumstances present in this case are a flagrant abuse and flouting of the law and MFMA process.
“ Moeketsi Mosola has overstepped his authority by procuring services using Regulation 32 of a contract completely unrelated in form and scope to the contract he subsequently concluded with GladAfrica Consulting (Pty) LTD. Regulation 32, in essence, says that a municipality can procure same for same. The level of disregard and rectitude displayed by the City Manager and the DA administration in this instance is at unprecedented levels. Documents in our possession clearly demonstrate that the DBSA contract from which the City Manager procured the services of GladAfrica was awarded for a period of three years from the 20th November 2014,” said Maepa.
He added by saying the ‘Tshwane contract” stipulates that GladAfrica has been appointed to oversee a capital budget of approximately R3,7bn in the 2017/2018 financial year with a 10% fee drawn for the professional services provided.
“To date since the commencement of the contract approximately R250m worth of fees has been paid for by the City towards the PMU. This is middle-man fees, where GladAfrica had to pay other contractors on behalf of the City of Tshwane.
“The PMU is charging the City ludicrous fees ranging between R2000 and R4000 per hour which are inflated higher than the regulated rates as issued by ECSA. The regulated rates for professional services range between R800 and R1200 per hour. The PMU is clearly ripping the people of Tshwane off!
Evidence at our disposal shows that the bulk of the invoices submitted have been paid for by the Roads and Transport and Housing and human settlements departments. It appears that there is a trio of kleptomaniacs who are hell-bent on collapsing the finances of the City. The trio is made up of the City manager Moeketsi Mosola, Councilor Sheila Senkubuge and Councilor Mandla Nkomo,” said Maepa.
He added by saying it cannot be business as usual anymore when kleptomaniacs such as these continue to remain at the helm of the City and its departments. We are calling for their immediate resignation and the immediate cancellation of the corrupt contract of thieves.
“We want the Executive Mayor to demonstrate the amount of services and infrastructure delivered for the approximately R250m spent thus far. We also want an itemized breakdown of the amounts paid. The Executive Mayor Councilor Solly Msimanga must show us what the money delivered for the people of the City of Tshwane.
“Taxpayer’s money cannot be siphoned and stolen in this manner without anyone accounting for it and we will never allow it to happen. We want to unequivocally state that we will not allow such gross acts of maladministration to happen on our watch,” added Maepa.
The ANC Caucus Spokesperson Lesego Makhubela added by saying ever since the DA took over the administration of this City we have seen them roll back the gains made by the ANC government in less than two years. He said they have seen the DA administration employ unqualified senior managers and seen them gradually disinvest from the townships.
“We have seen them shut down progressive programs of the ANC only to resuscitate them at a later stage under a different guise, we have seen them go on a massive purge of qualified senior officials for political expediency. Now we see them creating a shadow administration in which SCM processes are done away with and tenders for pals are the order of the day!
“The President of the Republic of South Africa, his Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa must sign an SIU [Special Investigation Unit] proclamation for the City of Tshwane since August 2016 to date. The City Manager [Moeketsi Mosola] must be suspended with immediate effect pending investigations and the Executive ‘Mr. I don’t know, I was not there” [Solly Msimanga] must resign with immediate effect.
“We are going to open a criminal case against the City Manager as the ANC; the MEC of Local Government in Gauteng must immediately put the city under administration and invoke section 100. We also demand the MEC of Local Government in Gauteng must immediately invoke section 106  [b] investigation into corruption and maladministration in the City of Tshwane,” said Makhubela.
The City manager Moeketsi Mosola claim innocence on the awarding of a multi-million rand project management contract awarded to engineering consultancy GladAfrica to oversee infrastructure projects.
“I wish to place it on record, the Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga wrote to me as the accounting officer and city manager of Tshwane, requesting information about the process that was followed in appointing Ariya Project Managers’ GladAfrica. The Executive Mayor requested a comprehensive report together with supporting documentation must be provided to him on or before August 14.”
“I received inquiries on the same matter from a Sunday Times journalist. I advised him, in a WhatsApp message, that the Executive Mayor had written to me formally to compile a comprehensive report regarding the same matter and until such a time I have formally when I have submitted the report to the mayor, I was not in a position to comment publicly,” said Mosola. firstname.lastname@example.org