[LISTEN] DA's Smith and ANC's Sotashe clash over CoCT 'jobs for pals' scandal

The City of Cape Town is embroiled in a new scandal where some council members have been accused of nepotism and the abuse of power.

The leader of the ANC in the City of Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe says the notion that Cape Town is a well-run city is a fallacy, stating that there is chaos in the City.

He says the ANC has been working very hard to unearth corruption and maladministration in the City.

A position of a director was actually discussed and determined before the post was created and advertised. It was JP Smith, Patricia de Lille, the former commissioner of police in the Western Cape, Mzwandile Petros and the then candidate Petrus Roberts as well as Richard Bosman.

Xolani Sotashe, Leader of the ANC - Western Cape

Sotashe says they pushed for an independent investigating panel to look into the matter. He says they gathered information which proved the allegations to be true.

Among the information gathered, there were details of a meeting held at a house belonging to Petrus Roberts.

The evidence shows emails and SMSs between JP Smith, Roberts and Bosman discussing this particular position that Roberts was eventually appointed into.

Xolani Sotashe, Leader of the ANC - Western Cape

Smith and Bosman denied the existence of this meeting, hence we agreed on the independent investigating panel. The findings speak to the fact that indeed there were meeting, indeed a position was discussed even before it was created.

Xolani Sotashe, Leader of the ANC - Western Cape

Sotashe is accusing Smith of 'running away' from a council meeting because he did not ask to recuse himself.

Smith retaliated saying Sotashe is 'alien to good common factors of governance' arguing that a person who is under discussion should recuse himself and don't wait around to be removed from the meeting.

Xolani is trying to blow something into life which barely exists, a desperate attempt to distract everybody with what is happening with Bosasa.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

He says the post was advertised and received no response. Senior officials gave Smith and colleagues the go-ahead to headhunt for someone to occupy the position.

There was no meeting. The meeting was between Mzwandile Petros and Roberts when Petros went to see him to tell him he should apply for the post because he didn't want to apply, he was not interested.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

Petros believed that someone like Roberts should be in that post and that the City was indeed desperate for better command and control and that we will do well with people with 20 - 30 years of command and control.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security - City of Cape Town

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