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New anti-corruption unit will see officials charged for years of corruption

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba yesterday held a briefing & exposed alleged corrupt activity by his predecessors.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba .Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says the anti-corruption unit headed by former provincial Hawks head Shadrack Sibiya will soon see government officials charged for years of corruption.

Mashaba held a media briefing at the city offices in Braamfontein yesterday, exposing alleged corrupt activity by his predecessors.

He says the Internal Investigations Unit will operate independently, similar to a Chapter Nine institution that focuses on tackling corruption.

While Sibiya says he's thrilled about his post, Mashaba says he has a huge task ahead.

But former finance MMC in the Parks Tau administration, Geoffrey Makhubo, says the Internal Investigation Unit has been tackling corruption already, accusing Mashaba of parading the previous administration’s investigations as new cases uncovered by the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led government.

Mashaba says Sibiya was roped in to give professional expertise in covering corruption and hold those responsible who abuse taxpayers’ money.

ANC REACTS

The African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg says Mashaba is using cheap politicking by claiming to tackle corruption instead of focusing on day to day governance.

But Mashaba says he has been inundated with reports of corrupt activity in the City of Johannesburg since he took office in August.

“We’ve got to put a structure in place that’s going to work for the people of Johannesburg to say money has been stolen.”

Makhubo says Mashaba should focus on governing the city instead of trying to settle political scores.

Mashaba, however, says fighting corruption is worthwhile for Johannesburg residents.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)