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11/11/2016: Shadrack Sibiya appointed to head the City of Johannesburg’s Anti-Corruption Unit
09 November 2016
During the election campaign, I came across so many Johannesburg residents who had lost faith in their government because of corruption. Our people understand correctly that corruption robs from service delivery and steals most markedly from the poor. 
That is why when I took office, I declared corruption public enemy number one. During the campaign, I was often challenged by the Former Mayor Parks Tau to produce evidence of the corruption of which I spoke. 
I can now tell you that I am inundated with these allegations, forensic reports and questionable tenders all of which have been purposely hidden from the public-eye. 
I have a number of cases that are currently at advanced stages of forensic investigation. We will be releasing the outcome of these investigations soon, because our approach is that we will share with you the outcomes of all investigations where wrong-doing is found. 
This is why you see such a deliberate effort by the ANC to collapse this government in council. There is a deep-rooted fear that this government will expose the corruption, maladministration and nepotism that became the order of the day under the ANC administration. They are correct to fear this. 
I have, in this process, discovered that there are two kinds of corrupt people. The first we all know of and these are the people who actively engage in corrupt activities. But the second are the people in leadership, who view what is going on and turn a blind eye. I have discovered that there were many people in the past who fell into this category. I regard both categories to be people who do not belong in the City of Johannesburg.  
Today, I will change the direction of the City of Johannesburg by moving away from paying lip-service to this idea. Today we take action because words will not defeat corruption, only brave actions will. 
Today I have the distinct pleasure of introducing the new head of our internal investigations unit, Mr Shadrack Sibiya.
Mr Sibiya requires little introduction, but allow me to provide some insight into his distinguished career: 
Mr Sibiya started his career in the SAPS, rising to the level of Detective Captain of the National Central Bureau Interpol Pretoria. 
He has served in the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions), ultimately as the Chief Special Investigator heading up the Free State Branch. 
He has rose to the rank of Brigadier while heading up the Commercial Crimes unit of the HAWKS before becoming the Provincial Head of the HAWKS in Gauteng. 
Mr Sibiya has a distinguished record that demonstrates someone who has served the people of this Country without fear or favour during the course of his work. 
He led the joint Anti-Corruption Task Team set up on the instruction of Former President Thabo Mbeki to deal with corruption in the civil service in Bisho. Over 1000 arrests were affected in this operation. 
In 2005 while serving in the Scorpions, Mr Sibiya affected 25 arrests including the Mayor, Speaker, City Manager, COO, Political Advisors, the wives of the Mayor and the City Manager, and local business associates in Mangaung in the Free State. 
It is exactly his no fear or favour approach to his work that has resulted in my interest in having Mr Sibiya head up our investigation unit within the City. It is, however, this same no fear or favour approach that has resulted in the victimisation that Mr Sibiya, like so many others, has experienced for doing his job. 
Their efforts to allege fraud and corruption against Mr Sibiya were unsuccessful. A judge dismissed the case questioning how it could even appear in court without any evidence, and the prosecutor present is on record as saying he was under instruction to proceed to trial. 
I am equally confident that the charges pertaining to the rendition trial will elicit nothing further.
I have total confidence in Mr Sibiya. He possesses the integrity, experience and courage to perform this role in a fashion that will restore hope amongst our residents again. In fact, I am issuing my first instruction to him now in front of you all. 
You must investigate anyone in this City for which there is just cause. I give you an open invitation to investigate me, or any member of this government at any time you may deem necessary. You will have my full support in the work you are going to do, but I require results. When I speak of results, I mean there will be no golden handshakes, no slaps on the wrist. I want to see corrupt people going to jail and monies being recovered. 
The first order of business that I am giving to Mr Sibiya is to design, set up and capacitate a unit in this City. I want this unit to operate in a manner that is similar to how a Chapter 9 Institution operates to guarantee autonomy. 
My second request is to ask Mr Sibiya to look into the investigations that have been conducted in the City and its Entities. This must ensure that findings were correct and carried out to the letter. 
My third order of business is to ask Mr Sibiya to investigate the tenders awarded in this City to identify any tenders that have been awarded to relatives of people working in the City, or to City employees or public representatives themselves. 
There are many good civil servants in the City of Johannesburg, and to them I say come forward and know that you will not be persecuted or victimised. You will be protected and we will work with you to rid our City of corrupt people. 
But now, I have a message to the corrupt within the City of Johannesburg. You have operated for a long time with people looking the other way. 
Those days are over. 
Your time is now up. 
It is now time to run, but trust me you will not be able to hide. 
Thank you
Herman Mashaba
Executive Mayor
City of Johannesburg
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