DA: R1bn looted from ANC-linked Jo'burg sinking fund

DA Johannesburg caucus leader Mmusi Maimane says the party has proof of corruption in the management of the city's ANC-lined liability redemption fund. (Gallo)

DA Johannesburg caucus leader Mmusi Maimane says the party has proof of corruption in the management of the city's ANC-lined liability redemption fund. (Gallo)

The Mail & Guardian reported in early October that the sinking fund, primarily used to offset future debts, was being managed by Regiments Capital – a company with links to the ANC via Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau.

At a press briefing on Wednesday, the DA said it "received proof" from an anonymous tip-off that R1-billion had been siphoned off from the fund since 2006 – the year in which Regiments took over the fund.

"It is imperative for the mayor to account to these allegations and in the long term decide if he is fit to lead the city with this hanging over his head," DA Johannesburg caucus leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters.

A company called Coral Lagoon Consortium was in part set up by Regiments after it received a tender to manage the city's sinking fund.

Individuals connected to the ruling party benefited handsomely from Coral Lagoon, a consortium that acquired shares in Capitec Bank in 2006 with the help of R285-million loan from the Industrial Development Corporation.

One beneificiary is the mayor's wife, Pilisiwe Twala-Tau.

Beneficiaries
Besides Regiments allegedly charging exorbitant fees for managing the fund, the DA further alleged it has proof that city officials were complicit in ensuring fraudulent transactions were made from the fund.

"This is the public's money and officials must be held to account of how it is managed and administered," added Maimane.

Accordingly, the DA has challenged the mayor to address the allegations to prevent corruption "taking root" in Johannesburg.

In the aftermath of the initial M&G report, public protector Thuli Madonsela confirmed she would be investigating the corruption allegations.

Both Tau and the city have maintained innocence throughout the allegations.

In light of the fresh allegations though, Tau's spokesperson Fred Mukoko and city officials refused to immediately comment.

"We must be careful as to how these matters are dealt with, we will comment in due course," Mukoko told the M&G.

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Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer is the Mail & Guardian's jack of all trades news reporter that chases down stories ranging from politics and sports to big business and social justice. Armed with an iPad, SLR camera, camcorder and dictaphone, he aims to fight ignorance and pessimism through written words, photographs and videos. He believes South Africa could be the greatest country in the world if only her citizens would give her a chance to flourish instead of dwell on the negativity. When he's not begging his sub-editors for an extra twenty minutes after deadline, he's also known to dabble in the occasional poignant column that will leave you mulling around in the depths of your psyche. The quintessential workaholic, you can also catch him doing sports on the weekday breakfast show on SAfm and presenting the SAfm Sports Special over the weekend. Read more from Nickolaus Bauer

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