Officials in Emfuleni extorting artists by requesting bribes

By Kingsol Chabalala MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage:

Gauteng, arts, culture, sports and recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko must explain what disciplinary action was taken against Emfuleni municipal officials caught for extorting bribes from artists.

Officials took a cut of the money paid out to the in reward for being contracted to perform at events.

Sources in the municipality have revealed to the DA that footage exists together with fleet records that expose the extent of the corruption.

The performing artists have been reimbursed by the very officials that took their money.

These officials were not disciplined nor suspended for fraudulent behaviour or even dismissed.

MEC Mazibuko must make public the findings from an investigation that was conducted earlier this year into the matter.

Those who are responsible for taking bribes must be brought to book.

We cannot condone corruption by slapping wrongdoers on the wrist and not take any serious action.

The buck stops with the MEC.