Johannesburg - Allegations of a multimillion-rand conflict-of-interest scandal have again rocked Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba over claims he influenced the funding of an NGO that he chaired for years.
Field Band Foundation (FBF), which Mashaba chaired for more than 10 years, received an R11million three-year contract beginning in December 2017, apparently after a recommendation from the mayor to the city's social development department.
Following an uproar within the city council, a decision was taken in March last year to suspend the contract pending a forensic investigation into allegations Mashaba used his influence and knowledge of FBF to benefit the organisation.
However, there seems to be confusion over when FBF were informed about the suspension. The NGO claimed to have been told eight months after the council resolution was taken.
Despite the resolution halting the lucrative funding, Mashaba’s office confirmed that R3.5m was given to FBF.