By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton:
The DA will lay criminal charges of fraud and corruption against Mr Jacob Mhlambi, owner of Siyanqoba Projects, who has allegedly been selling stands in Emfuleni under false pretences.
According to residents of Evaton West extension 7, Mr Mhlambi is allegedly selling stands for R4000 and charging buyers connection fees using the Emfuleni local municipality logo.
In March this year, Emfuleni mayor, Cllr Greta Hlongwane promised residents to investigate fraudulent stand sales, yet to date nothing has been done.
Residents further allege that Mr Mhlambi has close ties with the local ANC councillor, who is aware of the fraudulent land sales.
Fraud and corruption steal vital public funds and resources from people who rely heavily on government to provide them with a better life.
The DA strongly condemns any actions that deprive people of opportunities, and we will use every avenue available to us to bring perpetrators to book.
To this end the DA will lay the charges at the Evaton SAPS, and at the same time submit questions to cooperative governance and human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo demanding a progress report on Mayor Hlongwane’s investigation, and a proposed date of conclusion.