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City of CT ‘tightening screws’ on theft at MyCiTi service

In an affidavit to the city council, Melissa Whitehead says allegations that she has not done enough to stop the theft are untrue and misleading.

FILE: A MyCiTi bus in Cape Town. Picture: @MyCiTiBus/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's transport commissioner says they are tightening the screws on theft from the MyCiTi bus service.

At least R36 million has been stolen through the fare system.

Twenty-two cashiers have been dismissed and eight have appeared in court.

In an affidavit to the city council, Melissa Whitehead says allegations that she has not done enough to stop the theft are untrue and misleading.

A syndicate has been identified and a witness is working with the city’s transport authority.

Whitehead says equipment which was being unplugged to commit fraud has now been secured and can’t be tampered with.

Security has also been increased at the affected stations.

Since the beginning of November, all cash must be reconciled by the station management contractor and the bank before being sent to the city.

Besides a forensic investigation by PricewaterhouseCoopers into MyCiTi contracts to uncover the exact extent of the losses, the city has also commissioned law firm Bowman Gilfillan to conduct a full-scale investigation into the allegations of corruption within its transport authority.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)