'An audit was done by AG on Alex Renewal Project, no maleficence was found'

As the Alexandra Shutdown intensifies, and political parties continue to blame each other over who is responsible for the service delivery crisis in the township, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched a forensic investigation into the missing R1.3 billion allocated for the Alex Renewal Project.

Read: Ramaphosa says Alexandra visit is not part of ANC's electioneering campaign

Former executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg Parks Tau discusses how the money was used with #702Breakfast's Bongani Bingwa.

Tau disputes the fact that money was not spent on The Alex Renewal Project.

If you go to Alexandra you will see that there is some development in Alexandra. The 'Renewal Alexandra' part includes Tsutsumani and other areas that have been developed.

Parks Tau, Former executive mayor - City of Johannesburg

If you go to the eastern part of Alexandra there have been developments in the area.

Parks Tau, Former executive mayor - City of Johannesburg

Everything built in Alexandra constitutes part of the Alex Renewal Project, he insists.

A lot of money has been spent in Alexandra and development has taken place.

Parks Tau, Former executive mayor - City of Johannesburg

As far as I am concerned, there was a project done by the Auditor-General who affirmed that money was used appropriately.

Parks Tau, Former executive mayor - City of Johannesburg

A specific audit was done on the Alex Renewal Project and no maleficence was found in that audit, so to suggest that the money was not spent on development is inappropriate.

Parks Tau, Former executive mayor - City of Johannesburg

An impasse was created by a court interdict initiated by property owners and this needs to be resolved, he adds.

We signed an agreement after three years of intense negotiations with property owners. We signed an agreement in 2016 that would have resolved the Alexandra problem.

Parks Tau, Former executive mayor - City of Johannesburg

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