Protector probing Tshwane mayor

2011-10-04 22:35

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."

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-04 22:55

    We are going to need a few more Madonsela's! The ANC can not stop stealing!

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-10-05 00:32

      they also cannot stop appointing morons to positions of responsibility.

      Mandla - 2011-10-05 02:48

      will stop tenders.

      Brewster - 2011-10-05 06:15

      I am beginning to like Thuli Madonsela. She tackles the bull by the horns (well, sometimes). Pity that those that appointed her there, are not supporting her as well and is in fact rendering her toothless. It looks as if she is just a token appointment just to say there is a Public Protecter. She is mostly ignored by her appointors!!

      Phlegm - 2011-10-05 07:33

      Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that the protector stated they had insufficient funds to investigate Malema when requested to do so, right? Well if they now have funds to launch investigations should they not start on the backlogged requests, i.e. Malema and the Ratanang Trust?

  • Kwelapele - 2011-10-05 01:41

    I will appreciate it if sister Thuli can succeed and progress to the billing section .Their billing section is ridiculous checking the units sold, fluctuating every now and then.Buy R100 units 2day you get 87 units and tomorrow you get 85 of the same amount

  • Mandla - 2011-10-05 02:46

    I hope you will not be like Auditor general in the long run of your so called perceived good work.

      Dave50 - 2011-10-05 05:15

      She just has to do her job without fear or favour, somthing a lot of people can't handle. Especially the ones with somthing to hide, party affilliations should mean nothing to her. Lets be honest, she frightens the sh 1 t out of a lot of guilty people. Anything that stops corruption and stealing from the South African people is GOOD WORK,

  • noitall - 2011-10-05 06:26

    We need to set up a special investigating committee to see if any nepotism is involved in the fact that Sputla wife 15 children, aunty and four brother in laws are employed by Tshwane

  • braamc - 2011-10-05 06:29

    Point is they all should be investigated. Bunch of thieves

  • GetReal - 2011-10-05 07:34

    There is only one sure bet in this country at the moment ... poor Thuli ain't gonna be in her job for too long! I'm currently taking bets ... any takers? LOL

      Hope-101 - 2011-10-05 12:30

      @ GetReal: Absolutely, the name "Scorpions" jumps to mind.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-10-05 07:46

    put him in jail, they can probe him there

  • safairisfair - 2011-10-05 08:23

    Kgosientso Ramokgopa is the most honest person i have ever had the honour of meeting. I am a white South African and he will have my support, this man is a God fearing man does not deserve to be spoken about as many of you have done. He has done more for the people white and black of South Africa than you will ever do in your life. And please before you comment on a person make sure you have ALL the fact forexample he is not married you goof.

      Hope-101 - 2011-10-05 12:34

      If you are right, I believe it will be proven and he should be able to keep up the good work. I do not see the problem in that. We as the public will respect that as this is not a witch hunt, but it is all about responsibility and accountability.

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