NELSON Mandela Bay business chamber chief executive Kevin Hustler has criticised mayor Ben Fihla for withholding the explosive Pikoli forensic report since March and not tabling it in council.
Hustler said the findings in the report stifled growth in the Bay over concerns about the "lack of good governance within the municipality".
The forensic report, compiled by former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli, details how millions of rands meant for Port Elizabeth's new bus system was squandered on inflated salaries, bonuses, unauthorised loans and donations.
Hustler wants the report to be handed to the Hawks for further investigation. "We are concerned at the inaction by the metro, with the report sitting with its leadership since March and not having been tabled before council. "
One of the key areas of concern for Bay business and possible investors is the lack of good governance within the municipality, which is evident in the findings of not only the Pikoli report, which was published in the media this week, but also the Kabuso forensic report made public early last year."
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