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City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams. PHOTO: Facebook/City of Tshwane

“ActionSA attempted to frame me” – Tshwane mayor on recording

ActionSA and the EFF circulated a recording of Tshwane Mayor Randall Williams in attempts to prove a ‘corrupt’ R26 billion bill.

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City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams. PHOTO: Facebook/City of Tshwane

An audio recording of Tshwane mayor Randall Williams engaging in a meeting about a proposed multibillion rand deal has been circulating. The recording is seemingly used as proof that Williams is politically interfering in procurement processes.

ACTION SA CIRCULATES RECORDING DURING COUNCIL MEETING

ActionSA and EFF circulated the recording during the course of the Tshwane special council meeting on Thursday of the internal meeting.

The audio is of Williams chairing a meeting regarding a multibillion rand proposal to try and relieve loadshedding.

But the 90-minute long recording is of a meeting which took place a year ago. Williams says the parties are tying to discredit and smear him as Executive Mayor.

“This dishonest act was disturbing as it came from one of the coalition partners in the city, ActionSA, who are attempting to frame the recording as some indictment against me… I have nothing to hide. The meeting in question took place a year ago. It was chaired by me and included officials from the City Manager’s Office, Mayor’s Office, Electricity Department, Chief Operations Cluster and Communications among others,” said Williams.

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Randall Williams says that ActionSA and EFF circulated the recording to try and smear him. PHOTO: Twitter/@Action4SA

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THE R26 BILLION DEAL DISCUSSED IN THE MEETING

In his defence, Williams says the meeting was to workshop and brainstorm an investment proposal that the city had received.

The aim of the proposal is to repurpose the city’s coal power plants which have not been used since 2014 and convert them to use gas. This is to generate 800MW of power over the long-term.

The estimated amount of direct investment was R26 billion and is a solution that could end loadshedding in the city, Williams said.

But there was nothing unlawful with holding the meeting, he said in his defence. He said no unlawful instructions were given. Instead, they agreed on the way forward and a year later, they wanted to present a public participation report on the matter in Council.

“Yet today, ActionSA and their EFF allies have sought to accuse me of corruption, smear my name and most disturbing to me undermine governance in the city.

Randall Williams

“I encourage them to share that recording that they so cling to, so that people can hear how we diligently workshop matters in Tshwane. I will also be consulting my attorneys with a view to take action against the individuals who have defamed me. Nonetheless the DA and I will continue to strive to end loadshedding in our city…”