Third Party Fund scam blitz soon

2010-11-19 00:00

OFFICIALS who are involved in siphoning over R80 million from Third Party Funds are to be arrested soon, according to Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe.

The minister announced this at the launch of the anti-fraud and corruption campaign in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

Radebe said the Special Investigating Unit continues to play a critical role in bringing the culprits in the scam to book.

“We will soon root out all those involved in corruption, be it siphoning of money from the Third Party Funds or manipulation of human resource matters to favour certain people at the expense of others,” Radebe said.

Third Party Funds involve money administered by the Justice Department such as fines, bail, compensation arising from court cases and money from estates.

Radebe warned people against protecting the corrupt officials, saying the huge sums involved,show “how many of our people who live in poverty should actually be beneficiaries of these stolen sums of money”.

To guard against the flourishing theft of Third Party Funds, Radebe said, all court managers have been ordered to ensure daily reconciliation of all money that is received by courts to avoid a “window of opportunity” for criminals to help themselves to these funds.

 

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