Tshwane mayor presses charges against three senior officials

These relate to expenditure exceeding R90m for the renovation of City Hall & the former mayor’s residence.

Solly Msimanga at the Tshwane Council Chambers. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

PRETORIA - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has opened criminal cases against three senior officials of the former administration, after uncovering buried forensic investigation reports.

The cases relate to expenditure exceeding R90 million for the renovation of City Hall and the former mayor's official residence.

Msimanga's spokesperson Matthew Gerstner says officials within the former mayor's office appear to have been shielded from accountability.

"When Mayor Msimanga came into office he discovered various forensic reports that had been hidden by the previous African National Congress government, and he committed to exposing those who had been implicated and committed to pursuing them criminally."

Msimanga opened cases at the Brooklyn Police Station yesterday.

"The mayor has opened a case of corruption; it may include fraud if that's what the police investigation reveals. It has been handed over to the Commercials Crimes Unit and they will determine the exact charges."

The officials cannot be named until they have been charged and appear in court.