Mashaba was responding to an announcement by investigative journalism unit AmaBhungane that they would be publishing an exposé that revealed corruption by Julius Malema relating to a tender worth R1 billion.
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Thursday, 29 November 2018, that he would not allow political biases to affect his investigation of an alleged R1 billion scandal involving Julius Malema.
“Our efforts to combat corruption to date have seen me taking action even against members of my own Mayoral Committee because the efforts to clean up government can know no political orientation,” Mashaba said. He said that all members of his government are treated equally.
“I will not allow any political consideration to tarnish my reputation nor that of the multi-party government,,” the mayor said.
Mashaba’s comments follow an announcement by AmaBhungane that they would be publishing an exposé which involved EFF leader, Julius Malema.
The unit for investigative journalism claims that a company that received a R1 billion tender commissioned by the city of Johannesburg, paid money to a “slush fund” owned by Malema.
Mashaba responded to the announcement denying any involvement by the multi-party government.
“I have noted with great concern a tweet published by AmaBhungane today, alleging a kickback being provided to the EFF in connection with the award of a R1 billion fleet contract,” he said.
Mashaba also confirmed that he intended to have the matter investigated.
“Our group forensic and investigation services, under General Shadrack Sibiya, have been directed to investigate these claims fully,” Mashaba said.