Pikoli blows lid on Bay’s squandered millions

Michael Kimberley, Nwabisa Makunga and Rochelle de Kock

TAXI bosses in Nelson Mandela Bay allegedly blew millions of rands meant for the city’s new bus system on inflated salaries, bonuses, unauthorised loans and donations.

This is according to the Pikoli forensic report which contains allegations of a complex web of deceit and explosive details on how the city pumped R18.8-million into taxi association Laphum’ilanga in 2010, with at least R6.7-million of that amount allegedly squandered.

This was over and above an initial payout of R20-million during the Fifa World Cup.

The report, which The Herald has seen, was commissioned by former deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi and compiled by former National Prosecuting Authority boss Vusi Pikoli.

The five-month forensic investigation was wrapped up in March and the report has been sitting ever since with mayor Ben Fihla, who has yet to table it before council.

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