Hey, big pretender

The government and its agencies are synonymous with service delivery backlogs, but it seems they’ve a pile of reading matter to catch up on too – only a few weeks ago did they pick up on our exposé in nose129, about corruption within Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, involving regional ANC boss Nceba Faku (Comrade Giraffe) and his benefactor, Yusuf Jeeva and sons.

The Windy City ratepayers suspect that the Hawks’ current examination of various lease agreements involving the municipality and the Jeevas’ Africorp International Properties is simply meant to hoodwink voters into believing action is being taken, as they prepare for the local government election.

Just two weeks after Noseweek’s July 2010 report, the municipality hurriedly renewed the leases, including ones not yet due.

Noseweek had revealed how Sanlam, Old Mutual and Investec had cheaply sold prime properties, claiming the buildings were not yielding viable returns – yet Investec then bonded the three properties for Jeeva for tens of millions of rand.

In recent weeks,  The Herald newspaper in Port Elizabeth has been at odds with the municipality, which had refused to release a forensic audit. The audit would  appear to be a reproduction of Noseweek’s July 2010 issue.

The municipality had claimed that releasing the report “would have negative financial effects on the Metro and the country”.

Really! The original statement, Noseweek believes must have read “negative political effect for the ANC…”


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