City dismisses senior official for corruption, says MMC of Economic Development

MMC for Economic Development, Leah Knott, says there will be more to come in the new year from her department.

The City has terminated the contract of the person responsible for trade and investment projects after the senior official was found guilty of dishonesty and wrongfully influencing the allocation of tenders.

It was found that the official engaged in private business without prior consent from the City, breached the City’s code of ethics, influenced procurement decisions for their own benefit and acted against the interests of the City.

In a statement, MMC for Economic Development Leah Knott said, “The City has declared war on corruption; no action contrary to observing the principles of fair and honest professional standards will be accommodated.”

Knott went on to reiterate that Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba’s, sentiments regarding corruption remain central in driving good governance within the City.

“Major steps have been taken over the past few months in combating corruption across the City. These steps include imparting a culture of accountability and responsiveness to those serving the people of Johannesburg,” said Knott.

Knott said that employees of the City are expected to lead by example and adhere to the highest ethical norms and standards as this is considered important for delivering quality services in the City.

“The City remains committed to running a clean City led by ethical standards which are upheld by all stakeholders and employees alike.”

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