DA: Taxpayers’ money used on self-praise, electioneering for ANC

The DA believes the money could have been spent on building 80,000 houses in the City of Jo’burg.

FILE: DA mayoral candidate for Johannesburg Herman Mashaba. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba has accused City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau's office of splurging millions of rands worth of taxpayers' money on self-praise and electioneering for the African National Congress (ANC).

Mashaba claims Tau spent over R1 million advertising Johannesburg's recent ratings upgrade by Moody's in newspapers between April and May.

The DA believes the money could have been spent on building 80,000 houses in the city.

Mashaba says the city's financial services are a mess.

"What's more worrying is the R5.3 billion of unauthorised, irregular, wasteful and fruitless expenditure incurred under Mr Tau's watch."

But City of Jo'burg spokesperson Phindile Chauke says this is not true.

"The Auditor General (AG) has made our books available to the public and he placed the figure at about R1 billion, nothing near R5 billion that Mr Mashaba is mentioning.

"It's also not true, because if you look at the books by the AG they do say that the expenditure does not relate to fraud and corruption."