Probe uncovers ‘issues of serious concern’ at Jo’burg roads agency
Jo’burg mayor Herman Mashaba vows to punish JRA employees found guilty of mismanagement and corruption
Issues of serious concern have been uncovered in the investigation into allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), says Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. The investigation, by an independent forensic company, has not yet been completed. The JRA is crucial in delivering Mashaba’s election promises to residents, but the mayor was accused of turning a blind eye to the problems at the entity when they first surfaced. In 2017 senior executives Sean Phillips and Mpho Kau resigned as MD and head of infrastructure development respectively. Former company secretary Karen Mills was suspended after making a protected disclosure to the council’s investigative unit. Tenders Phillips alleged JRA board chairman Sipho Tshabalala had "bluntly" asked him not to award any tenders without his involvement. Phillips claimed that after he informed Tshabalala that this would be illegal, the chairman had asked to be "informally" involved. An investigation by amaBhun...