City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba. File picture: Dimpho Maja/African News Agency (ANA)

Durban - The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday night that the African National Congress had "collapsed council" earlier in the day to stop a motion to refer former finance MMC Geoff Makhubo and former mayor Parks Tau to the ethics committee. 

"The motion, arising from the City’s forensic work and an article by amaBhungane, allege that Regiments Capital, the sinking fund managers appointed by the city, sought to buy influence in the ANC. This was ultimately achieved by allegedly sponsoring ANC regional conferences and benefitting the wives of former mayor Tau and former MMC Makhubo in deals with millions," said Mashaba.

He said Makhubo’s consulting firm, Mololwani Consulting, scored a contract with Regiments in which his contractual responsibilities included maintaining strategic relationships with the City of Johannesburg. 

"For this, Cllr Makhubo allegedly benefitted to the tune of at least R30 million," said Mashaba. 

Mashaba said the reports noted that Tau actively intervened in a tender process in which Regiments Capital had been disqualified. A new tender process later appointed them.

"The behaviour of the ANC in council today comes as no surprise. The ANC has demonstrated their commitment to paying lip service to fighting corruption while doing everything in their power to protect those implicated in it. Numerous points of orders were raised to disrupt council and when that didn’t work, they elected to howl and sing over the acting speaker," he said. 

"The ANC’s efforts to prevent this motion from going through are reminiscent of former president Jacob Zuma being protected by ANC MPs and ministers who now claim to be part of the New Dawn."

African News Agency (ANA)