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Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Johannesburg  - Johannesburg’s new mayor, Herman Mashaba, says he’s on a mission to clean up Africa’s richest city, and the prime targets in his sights are undocumented immigrants and allegedly corrupt deals by the officials of the ANC.

The influx of undocumented immigrants is so “massive” that the government should close South Africa’s border, Mashaba said in an interview at Bloomberg’s Johannesburg office. And if the national police authorities continue to fail to bring charges against corrupt officials, as he claimed they have, he said he’s prepared to bring private prosecutions.

“There’s massive corruption happening in our city. Unfortunately I am not getting the full cooperation of the National Prosecuting Authority,” Mashaba said. “If we had a functioning criminal justice system in this country and the city of Johannesburg we’d need special prisons because the cancer of corruption was already an accepted value system.”

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