City acts on fraud and corruption allegations

MMC for Community Development, councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba. Photo:

Growing the economy by five per cent is a top priority for the City of Johannesburgs (CoJ) new administration, and to achieve this they need to observe good governance practices.

The Department of Community Development has taken its first step towards achieving this by suspending 13 employees after receiving a forensic report on allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion and maladminstration. These allegations were linked to payments made to contractors. The Department has also blocked all of the implicated contractors on the system while the blacklisting and restriction process is still pending.

In response to this forensic investigation report, the CoJ has opened criminal cases against the implicated officials and contractors at the Florida SAPS. All payments due to contractors for services rendered will be withheld until the criminal procedures are completed. The spokesperson for Florida SAPS, Sergeant Mpho More, confirmed that a case had been opened but said she did not have any information pertaining to it, as it had been transferred to the specialised unit.

The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community Development, councillor Nonhlanhla Sifumba, said it was found that some contractors were not capable, equipped or skilled to perform certain repairs and maintenance work. She warned the contractors doing work for the city that they would be penalised for poor work quality, and payment would be withheld until the CoJ was satisfied with the work done.

Sifumba also issued a stern warning that the quality of work from all contractors will be monitored more vigorously in future and payment will be made in terms of the municipality’s procurement policies.

She concluded by saying, “We believe that small to medium service providers must be given priority to sustain their businesses which, in turn, will help to reduce the city’s unemployment figure of 800 000 persons to a more manageable level.”

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Adéle Bloem

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