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CapeTownlogoWeekend Argus reports that the City of Cape Town council is engaged in a fresh fight over a “jobs for pals” scandal implicating the Department of Safety and Security’s JP Smith and Richard Bosman.  

A confidential report on allegations of “nepotism and abuse of power” has been leaked to the media and irate workers and opposition political parties are pressing the DA-led council to take action against implicated officials.  The ANC and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) claimed the city was attempting to “sweep under the carpet” a report that found that the process of appointing former policeman Petrus Robberts to a senior position in law enforcement was irregular, defective and inconsistent with the human resources policy.  The ANC has called on Robberts to vacate the position and for tough action to be taken against those involved in his employment, namely Smith and Bosman.  The report showed email correspondence between Bosman, Smith and Robberts in relation to Robberts’ offer even before the creation of the position.  It recommended that council speaker Dirk Smit should institute an investigation into the conduct of Smith in the “irregular” appointment of Robberts and that disciplinary proceedings be instituted against Bosman.  Smit said the report was only “for noting” and took note of the “lesser transgression” by Bosman.  Regarding Smith, he said there was no new evidence warranting action, but that his office would welcome and “accumulate” any new evidence which he would use to decide what the next steps would be.

  • Read Bulelwa Payi’s report on this story in full at Weekend Argus

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