Ekurhuleni corruption 'will be rooted out'

2012-04-12 13:02

Johannesburg - The seizure of property and luxury cars from businessmen and Ekurhuleni employees was proof that corruption would be rooted out in the city, mayor Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday.

"There is no room for fraud and corruption in the city. There will be no stone left unturned in our efforts to spearhead good governance in the City of Ekurhuleni," Gungubele said.

On Wednesday, the Asset Forfeiture Unit confiscated the assets of businessman Velero David, the owner of Meropa Sechabeng Technology, Nilesh Singh, former executive director of the ICT department, and Andrew Mphushomadi, the former chief IT architect.

Mphushomadi and Singh had both worked for the city.

"The scourge of corruption is now a major crisis in government and many now believe that everything government does has corruption in it," said Gungubele.


The raid came as a result of a computer tender worth R32m which was awarded to Meropa in 2008, which the three men were all linked to. Gungubele said the city had taken a decision to work with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) as it had uncovered numerous internal fraudulent and corrupt transactions.

"At that time we knew that such an intervention was needed if we were serious about fighting crime and lawlessness within our workforce, and we are quite excited that the move is starting to pay off," he said.

The SIU was also assisting the municipality with regards to tender irregularities in various other departments.

This included the solid waste department, where various senior employees had already been suspended, he said.

David, Singh and Mphushomadi appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court on fraud and corruption charges last July.

Their case is scheduled to continue on July 2 this year.

  • Irene - 2012-04-12 13:10

    Boring. We hear it day in and day out and nothing gets done. So long as the anCancer is around this will carry on until there is nothing left. Time for tax and rate payers to withhold funds.

      Kacee - 2012-04-12 13:27

      Ok one thing to take ways assets, but is anyone going to jail? Or will anyone lose their jobs? Or will these people still get paid to stay at home?

      Piet - 2012-04-12 13:56

      Start from the top!!!!!!!!then we might notice!

      Anthony - 2012-04-12 14:13

      and pigs will fly---- lol lol

  • Shirley - 2012-04-12 13:11

    Mr Gungubele please will you show the rest of the provinces how to do the same! They seem "lost". Keep it up!

  • Mart - 2012-04-12 13:32

    Organised crime has permeated throughout all the corridors where there is power and money involved. This is the only conceivable explanation for the recklessness, open acceptance of a general lowering of standards. You have to start believing that government is no longer in control and that organised crime, triads and syndicates are pulling all the strings. The poor masses must start calling for the death sentence to try and regain control.

  • Graham - 2012-04-12 13:43

    They probably aren't members of the ANC!

  • Murechen - 2012-04-12 13:44

    That is only until you are implicated in something

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-12 13:58

    When will you be rooted out, mayor?

  • William - 2012-04-12 14:02

    Aaaaaaaaah yes, the ANC slowly but surely digging it's own grave!! Well done boys. Nothing unusual about this article. Common place in a government with staff who have become so used to stealing from the tax payer that it will repeat itself again and again etc etc!!! The people starve and suffer, the Fat Cats get richer!!! So sad!!

  • Soon - 2012-04-12 14:16

    what will happen to the porche and merc?????

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-12 14:19

    Mondi is a clown " coruption will be rooted out" wot a flucken laugh

  • Morama - 2012-04-12 14:23

    ANC crooks takes South Africans for granted hey? We know that this guy has either never shared the loot with the accomplices or is no longer a favourate,then tha's why they expose him. If they are really serious about corruption,why don't htey start with the one on top because he has been avoiding court from day one untill becoming prezzi?

  • Leonard - 2012-04-12 14:26

    Clean up Ekuruleni by starting with the head of the Audit dept, he isn't even qualified for the job.

  • Mark - 2012-04-12 14:36

    No, it's actually just proof that there's more corruption in government than you care to admit to. We've always known it, you've been denying it.

  • muriel.proudfoot - 2012-04-12 14:52

    Whatever... We all know underneath the thin layer of icing you trying to fool us with is huge pile of cr@p!

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 15:50

      You are not referring to the 'Solid Waste Department' are you OiVey?

  • Christina - 2012-04-12 15:23

    what to expect, they learned from the best. i say bring up/ back those dropped charges against our own pres.unless we deal with the roots there is nothing you can do with the leaves. this corruption news is becoming boring now!!

  • Gift - 2012-04-12 15:24

    Yeah right!!!

  • Scouter - 2012-04-12 15:48

    "This included the solid waste department, where various senior employees had already been suspended, he said." I am going to resist making the obvious nasty comment here ......

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-12 19:47

    Where are the facts.

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