The African National Congress (ANC) in Tshwane has challenged the Democratic Alliance (DA) to lay charges against former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa following allegations of corruption.

“So far‚ we have discovered that the former mayor‚ Ramokgopa‚ enjoyed a R30-million-per-year discretionary slush fund to spend as he pleased on dispensing patronage and handouts as he saw fit‚” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane in a statement on Sunday.

Maimane made the statement following the party’s two-day federal council meeting in Johannesburg.

Tshwane has been at the centre of investigations and allegations by the party stemming from irregular expenditure amounting to billions.

“The City of Tshwane government was technically bankrupt when we took over‚ due to irresponsible spending and acts of nepotism by the previous ANC administration‚” he said.

The DA is also looking into the failed R90-million city hall refurbishment project and the R12-million upgrade of the mayoral house‚ for which Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said the city had criminally charged implicated officials.