Danny Jordaan hires convicted criminal as PE head of security

2016-04-28 12:23
Danny Jordaan. (File, City Press)

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Port Elizabeth - Embattled Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan came under more fire this week, after the Democratic Alliance (DA) slammed Jordaan for hiring a convicted criminal as the metro's head of safety and security, a report has said.

Former Correctional Services commissioner Linda Mti was appointed to the post by Jordaan earlier this week, despite Mti being convicted of drunk and negligent driving in 2008, Eyewitness News reported.

Mti was also implicated in fraud and corruption amounting to R1.5bn by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

The opposition DA took issue with the fact that Mti, along with metro police chief Pinkie Mathabethe, who was hired in 2014, are being paid salaries despite the new metro police force only being launched in two months’ time.

Nelson Mandela Bay had to postpone the new metro police department by “at least two months” due to budget constraints.

After hearing the news, DA mayoral candidate for the city Athol Trollip tweeted: “In true ANC style, corruption first, our people last. Enough is enough.”

In November 2015, “hardware” for the new force was introduced, PE Express reported.

Altogether 21 vehicles were added to the metro police force’s existing arsenal by mayor Danny Jordaan.

“We have already received the plans to launch the metro police,” he confirmed. “Now we have launched the hardware. The next step is to meet this week so that we can determine the priorities and align them with the budget,” Jordaan had said at the time.

In 2014, the budget shortfall then was R15.9m, The Herald PE reported.

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