The Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Premier candidate Solly Msimanga marched to the Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s office on Wednesday along with the party’s former leader Tony Leon, the DA Team One South Africa spokespersons John Steenhuisen and Solly Malatsi, the party’s Gauteng provincial leader John Moodey, and over 2 000 DA activists, as they embarked against corruption.
They left hundreds of ‘bribery’ brown envelopes at the doorstep of the Premier’s office. Msimanga alleges that there are too many of the brown envelopes being passed around the province, which are being used to buy people’s silence, bribe officials to influence decisions about awarding tenders, and to paying people off for their co-operation.
In a media statement, Msimanga carried on to say that they will initiate a Gauteng provincial commission of inquiry into state capture so they can root out corruption at every level. This, according to Msimanga, is because under Premier Makhura’s administration, the provincial government’s business dealings with Bosasa has increased by over 300% over the years from R108 million to R430 million.
Msimanga says Gauteng is being held back by corruption, mismanagement and maladministration by the African National Congress (ANC) government, and that with the DA government they will do things differently as they will ensure that corruption is exposed and that those responsible are prosecuted and sent to jail.
“I will fight for the establishment of an Independent Gauteng Civil Prosecuting Authority, as it will be named Gauteng Scorpions,” Msimanga adds.