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joburgcityANA reports that Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday he had met the head of the Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) the previous day to bring a number of serious criminal matters in the city to his attention.  

In the meeting with General Godfrey Lebeya, Mashaba expressed his concern over what he called the failure of the criminal justice system to ensure that "rampant corruption uncovered in the city of Johannesburg results in criminal convictions".  He also met with General Shadrack Sibiya, head of the city’s Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) mandated with uncovering corruption fraud and theft.  Mashaba said in a statement:  "Since its inception in late 2016, the GFIS unit has completed over 100 forensic investigations with serious criminal findings.  Yet, despite the city’s efforts in exposing and ending this rot, criminal cases opened by the city are not resulting in prosecutions."  Noting the investigations to date into over 4,000 cases totalling R24 billion, Mashaba said:  "The extent of the looting that has been uncovered in the city was beyond what I could ever have imagined."  Mashaba indicated that Lebeya undertook during a "constructive engagement" to ensure a better working relationship between the Hawks and the city.  

  • Read this report in full at Independent News
  • Read too, Mashaba meets with Hawks over corruption in the City of Johannesburg, at News24

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