Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba’s first state of the city address presented a plan that he argues is pro-poor and corruption busting and will result in the insourcing of security services. Mashaba’s address on Wednesday preceded a key vote on the draft medium-term budget, which requires EFF councillors’ votes to pass. Mashaba said R2bn in fraud and corruption had been exposed across a number of municipal departments and entities by former Gauteng Hawks head Maj-Gen Shadrack Sibiya’s internal investigative unit. Sibiya was employed by the council to tackle corruption. “Today I can confirm that over 300 cases are currently being investigated and the total monetary value alleged to be lost or misused as a result of fraud or corruption is over R10bn,” Mashaba said. A minimum of 60% of the city’s budget for capital expenditure would be directed towards traditionally poor and underserviced communities. This had to drive service delivery, infrastructure investment and efficiency of trans...

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