Joburg asks for Miss World pageant probe

2012-08-06 19:10

Johannesburg - Allegations of corruption surrounding the hosting of the 2009 Miss World beauty pageant should be investigated, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday.

The municipality sent a letter to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela asking her to investigate the allegations after a meeting of the mayoral committee last week, spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane said in a statement.

At the meeting it was also resolved that anyone with evidence of wrongdoing should submit this information to the public protector.

The Democratic Alliance recently questioned the legality of contracts the city entered into for the hosting of the Miss World competition in 2008 and 2009, claiming that over R120m had been spent on the two events.

The mayoral committee found that media reports had raised questions about the city's authority to bid to host the final of the 2009 event and to sign the agreement.

There had also been implications of impropriety regarding budgeting and buying the rights for the pageant.

The city had launched its own investigation into the matter via its municipal public accounts committee and risk audit service department, Modingoane said.

"The matter was also considered by the full council of the city where the matter was concluded on the basis that no evidence of corruption or impropriety could be established."

However, the city decided to ask the public protector to investigate the matter in the interests of transparency.

"The city does not take these allegations lightly and wants to ensure that its reputation is not tarnished and that it continues to be and be seen as a world class African city able to attract reputable international events."

Modingoane said the city would co-operate fully with the public protector.

The public protector's spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi confirmed that the city's request had been received.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-06 19:24

    Here we go again. Is there nothing that can be done without shenanigans?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-06 19:51

      Let’s see, council, cANCers, politicians, seats of power... mmmmmm there is one thing I can guarantee .....

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-06 19:56

    OMG, not even a beauty pageant is safe in SA.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-06 20:37

    Really, is there actually anything that we can't f@*k-up with corruption in SA?

  • yuu.mee.351 - 2012-08-06 20:41

    Yeses! DA must get a life,sies

  • des.cider - 2012-08-06 20:43

    Stop probing Miss World - it's very illegal without her consent!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-08-06 21:27

      I was trying to think of a subtle way of saying the same thing Des!

  • denise.herbst.5 - 2012-08-07 06:56

    "The city had launched its own investigation into the matter via its municipal public accounts committee" Right! As though CoJ can distinguish between their aholes and their armpits!! Most useless bunch of idiots I have ever had the misfortune to attempt to deal with!!!

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-08-07 07:34

    We as ratepayers pay our rates and taxes for the upkeep of Johannesburg if the municipality want to spend our money on beauty pageants and funerals (not forgetting the millions spent on some funeral a few years ago ) we should be consulted , don't tell us that our rates and taxes are for Johannesburg and then some idiot decides to spend it on something else , they can hardly argue that it was spare money Jhb is falling apart at the moment . Robots faulty , potholes , road marking not being done , thats what we see don't know what else is falling apart that we not aware of

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-08-07 14:25

    Is there anything these rotters don't steal and abuse?

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