Criminal corruption charges have been brought by members of the DA against Helen Botes, former CEO, and Imraan Bhamjee, former chief financial officer, of the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) at Mondeor police station.
The charges were brought by Cllr Leah Knott (DA Johannesburg caucus), Manny de Freitas MP (DA regional chair) and Cllr Michael Sun (deputy caucus leader).
âBotes and Bhamjee orchestrated the corrupt appointment of contractors for deep cleaning and disinfection services on city-owned properties. Contracts have been awarded to KM Mashigo Trading CC, Omphile Turnkey and Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Triple SL Tech CC and Mizana Trading, who have no experience in cleaning services, âKnott said.
âUnder the leadership of Botes and Bhamjee, the above contractors have been paid massively inflated prices. In some cases 864 percent above market prices. As a result of these corrupt activities, JPC spent nearly R19 million disinfecting buildings within days of the lockdown announcement. “
After whistleblowers contacted the JPC, the law firm Kunene Rampala Inc was appointed to investigate the allegations.
The DA filed a complaint with the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which concluded that there was evidence of financial misconduct that resulted in unnecessary and unnecessary expenses.
These reports were given to Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo and City Manager Floyd Brink.
âWith this information at its disposal, the government continued to reinstate Botes and Bhamjee as CEO and CFO respectively. The DA has exhausted all available options to bring this corruption to light, but to date the ANC government has not taken any decisive action, âshe said.
She said the DA believes in the rule of law.
âIt seems that the ANC government has no interest in removing corrupt officials. To this end, the DA will continue to hold corrupt officials to account and, in extreme cases like this, lay criminal charges. “
The city of Johannesburg has been contacted several times for comment, but the city of Johannesburg has not responded.