Protector probing Tshwane mayor
Pretoria - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is investigating allegations of corruption, mismanagement and nepotism against Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso "Sputla" Ramokgopa.
Madonsela's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi confirmed the probe on Tuesday as Ramokgopa welcomed the investigation at a news briefing.
He told reporters in Pretoria he was aware of the allegations and that a complaint had been lodged with the public protector.
At the time of the briefing, he had not yet been formally notified of an investigation, the mayor said.
The Sowetan newspaper reported on Monday that Ramokgopa allegedly used municipal resources to campaign for re-election as chairperson of the African National Congress's Tshwane region.
Ramokgopa was elected chairperson of the region on Sunday. A rival ANC group, that had failed to garner recognition from the ANC's provincial executive committee, elected Mafika Mahlangu as its chairperson.
Ramokgopa said those who made the allegations against him were welcome to do so.
"We are going to co-operate and provide the necessary support," he said.
"Even the person of the executive mayor must be subjected to scrutiny. It gives the public the confidence in the political principal to run a clean administration."