The community of ward 58 in Mayfair, Johannesburg has accused a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor of the alleged bribery of R800 000 for the leasing of a sporting facility without following due process.
This has led to a six-month-long investigation by the Daily Maverick and the community.
The Daily Maverick reports that the DA 'has not led the community well'.
Associate editor at Daily Maverick Ferial Haffajee says this is a story of absolute state failure.
As the DA launches its manifesto and it is a party which prides itself and markets itself on being a party of good governance, but in this area, it has failed on every metric of good local governance.— Ferial Haffajee, Associate editor - Daily Maverick
She adds that the sports facility was found by the City of Johannesburg's own scorpion to have been hijacked by the councillor.
Whistleblowers in the area made allegations that an R800 000 bribe had been paid from the owners of this private school. But actually, the report says that they couldn't find evidence of the bribe being paid with a lifestyle audit shows a different story.— Ferial Haffajee, Associate editor - Daily Maverick
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