Democratic Alliance (Cape Town)

22 February 2013

South Africa: Joburg Fraudsters Must Be Fired

press release

The Auditor-General (AG) released a report this week on Johannesburg's finances. Amongst other things, it indicates that 88 internal investigations into fraud, theft and corruption were conducted in Johannesburg in the last year.

68 of these investigations have been finalised. The report does not state how many investigations found fraud nor how many officials have been disciplined.

The DA calls on the City of Johannesburg to release the results of these internal investigations, and to remove all officials that have been found guilty of fraud.

The AG did report on three majour instances of fraud that were found:

R100 million in fraud within the revenue management department relating to cash and cheque management.

Fraudulent misappropriation of R10 million by the Department of Planning and Urban Management.

A JMPD investigation found that the City was defrauded by an additional R18 million.

We can only assume that from the 68 concluded investigations, many other instances of fraud were uncovered as well. The City must now make public what the full extent of the fraud is; and what action has been taken against the fraudulent officials.

Fraud and corruption steals money away from service delivery, and hampers the City's ability to deliver a better life to the people of Johannesburg. The fraudsters must be found, prosecuted and fired.

Mmusi Maimane, DA National Spokesperson

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