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DA accuses SIU, NPA of shielding Linda Mti

An SIU report implicates the Nelson Mandela Bay head of safety and security in fraud and corruption.

Linda Mti. Picture: whoswho.co.za

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of conspiring to shield Linda Mti from prosecution.

An SIU report implicates the recently appointed Nelson Mandela Bay head of safety and security in fraud and corruption when Mti served as national correctional service commissioner.

DA leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip and the party's federal executive chair James Selfe held a media briefing today to expose what they call a cover-up of the scandal.

Trollip says the NPA and the Eastern Cape government have known of the report for seven years.

"No steps have been taken against Linda Mti, no prosecution, no investigation and the charges were very serious. Allegations of billions of rand of contracts awarded improperly; now he has been appointed the head of safety and security in Nelson Mandela Bay."

In the 2009 report, the SIU claims Mti favoured Bosasa Operations in the awarding of tenders amounting to over R1.5 billion which he allegedly benefitted from between 2004 and 2005.