He said, however, that it did contain so-called insinuations and that if these were to appear in the final report he will approach the High Court to have it set aside.
Mashaba, in his statement in January, said that after allegations of undue influence and nepotism against the MMC, he initiated a forensic investigation through an external company which concluded on 12 January.
Mashaba said the forensic investigation allegedly found Dagada to have been involved in price fixing with a service provider to the City.
“The forensic investigation found that Dagada breached the City’s code of conduct by not declaring his interests and, subsequently, conflict of interest with individuals closely associated with him,” Mashaba claimed.
“It is understood from the investigation that Dagada has acted in a manner which has sought, either directly or indirectly, to benefit service providers and officials closely associated with him.
In this process, a series of events have transpired that, in my view, could not have taken place coincidentally to the exclusive benefit of these associates.”
He said the investigation allegedly pins Dagada as victimising officials to authorise procurements deals.
Sociologist Dr Liela Groenewald commented on Dagada’s statement, saying it is a great pity when a mayor neglects to provide evidence for such claims, ‘as the evidence would facilitate swift action to prevent and punish corruption’.
“When a City official is suspended or removed from a position without due process and without evidence, it costs residents dearly.”
Randburg Sun confirmed with the speaker’s office that the matter was referred to the ethics committee on 30 January and a special ethics committee meeting is scheduled for 19 March.