Criminal chargers laid against Johannesburg Property Company CEO, CFO

DA opens a criminal case against former CEO and CFO of JPC Helen Botes.

Criminal charges of corruption were laid by DA members against Helen Botes, former CEO, and Imraan Bhamjee, former CFO, of the Johannesburg Property Company (JPC) at the Mondeor Police Station.

The charges were laid by Cllr Leah Knott (DA Johannesburg caucus), Manny de Freitas MP (DA regional chairperson) and Cllr Michael Sun (deputy caucus leader).

“Botes and Bhamjee orchestrated the corrupt appointment of contractors for deep cleaning and sanitisation services at properties owned by the City. Contracts were awarded to KM Mashigo Trading CC, Omphile Turnkey and Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Triple SL Tech CC and Mizana Trading, neither of which have any experience in cleaning services,” said Knott.

Councillor Leah Knott, DA Johannesburg caucus leader.

“Under the leadership of Botes and Bhamjee, the above contractors were paid massively inflated prices. In some cases 864 per cent above-market prices. Due to these corrupt activities, JPC spent close to R19-million on sanitizing buildings within days of the announcement of the lockdown.”

After whistleblowers contacted the JPC, the law firm Kunene Rampala Inc was appointed to investigate the allegations.

The DA lodged a complaint with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that concluded that there was evidence of financial misconduct that resulted in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

These reports were delivered to Mayor Geoffrey Makhubo and the city manager Floyd Brink.

“With this information at their disposal, the government continued to reinstate Botes and Bhamjee to their positions as CEO and CFO respectively. The DA has exhausted all options available to bring this corruption to the light, but to date, the ANC government has not taken any decisive action,” she said.

Councillors at Mondeor Police Station.

She said the DA believes in the rule of law.

“It does seem that the ANC government has no interest in removing corrupt officials. To this end, the DA will keep on holding corrupt officials to account, and in extreme cases like this, lay criminal charges.”
Johannesburg City was contacted several times for comment but the City of Johannesburg did not respond.

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