Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has appointed advocate Terry Motau SC to lead a team of legal professionals reviewing all fraud, corruption and irregular expenditure stories in the division – and make sure that all suggestions are totally carried out.
Sisulu stated there was an absence of consequence administration in the division and consequently many officers who have been implicated in fraud and corruption have been both nonetheless at work or suspended with pay.
“I’ve directed advocate Motau and a team that he’s going to be working that I would like all stories on fraud, corruption and irregular expenditure of the division and all water boards to be reviewed and that each one suggestions be carried out.
“Officials and service suppliers concerned in corruption should face the results,” Sisulu stated in an announcement on Tuesday.
In 2018, Motau launched his report, titled The Great Bank Heist , which appeared into fraud and corruption on the now-defunct VBS Bank, compiled with Werksmans Attorneys.
The report estimated that almost R2 billion was looted from the financial institution. More than 50 individuals benefited from it, Information24 reported.
Sisulu stated she subsequently believed Motau had the mandatory expertise to lead the team of execs to guarantee there could be consequence administration and worth for cash in the water sector.
She needs precedence to be given to all allegations going through water boards and senior managers of the Department of Water and Sanitation.
“I obtained a report that greater than R16 billion price of initiatives have been issued irregularly, together with blanket corruption and fraud by officers, to an extent of awarding tenders to themselves and shut family members,” Sisulu stated.
Last week, AmaBhungane reported the chief executives of each Amatola Water and Lepelle Northern Water claimed they have been being focused as a result of they have been standing in the best way of efforts to manipulate tenders and appoint a well-connected firm for drought reduction programmes.
At the center of the accusations is Mphumzi Mdekazi, a detailed confidante and adviser to Sisulu.Amatola Water chief government Vuyo Zitumane and her Lepelle Northern Water counterpart, Phineas Legodi, each state in affidavits Mdekazi and the division have tried to strain them into utilizing a expertise referred to as sand water abstraction, to extract water from sandy riverbeds.
Both are at present on “precautionary suspension”.
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