A number of ANC members and uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans (MK Vets) have been fingered in allegedly corrupt dealings in the procurement of fibre for the City of Joburg’s broadband infrastructure.

This is according to a statement released by Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba.

Mashaba said preliminary findings of a report based on an independent forensic investigation, indicate that a number of high profile individuals associated with the ANC have been linked to the City’s decision to purchase the fibre network.

The investigation probed the previous administration’s decision to purchase a 900km fibre broadband network at a cost of R1.3 billion.

“Specifically, it would appear that two senior members of the MKMVA held an interest in the companies benefiting from the purchase of the broadband network, benefiting almost R200 million. Why was this permitted?,” Mashaba said.

“The preliminary findings also strongly indicates that the same senior members of the MKMVA were, from the outset, deeply involved in manipulating the City ‘s tender process with respect to the deal.”

In July, a City of Joburg employee was suspended for being involved in the corrupt deal.

“The aim of the Johannesburg Broadband Network Project was to provide access to broadband services which would improve the City’s service delivery, realise ICT cost related savings for the City and grant communities and businesses across Johannesburg with more affordable access to internet. Despite the astronomical cost, few of these benefits have been realised necessitating a thorough investigation of the decision,” Mashaba said.

The city said it will make the full investigation results public as soon as they are released.

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