Cases opened against former municipal employees

2017-05-19 06:01

siphelele@media24.com

CASES of fraud and corruption have been opened against four Greater Kokstad Municipality employees who were dismissed last month for allegedly stealing municipal funds.

Municipality spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane confirmed this and said the municipality is in the process of getting back the money that was allegedly misappropriated.

The municipality appointed a private investigator to investigate corruption in 2012 and as a result of the investigation, four municipal employees were dismissed for alleged theft.

A fifth employee from the housing office was fired for absconding.

The four dismissed municipal employees previously worked as cashiers in the customer service centre.

They were found guilty of fraud and corruption even after they appealed to the bargaining council.

They were allegedly diverting municipal money to their bank account.

One of the fired employees was the supervisor in the customer service centre.

The decision to fire and charge the employees for fraud and corruption was welcomed by opposition parties and the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

EFF member, Dumisani Dlamini said the investigation conducted by the municipality was biased and favoured­ certain politicians and managers who were involved in alleged corrupt activities.

“The investigation was supposed to start with managers and move to cashiers. We believe there are supervisors who were untouched in the investigation.

“The company conducting the investigation recommended that the investigation should be from 2008 and beyond. Unfortunately, the findings of the report were not made available to the public, but EFF got them,” said Dlamini. Bradwyn Marnce, deputy chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in Harry Gwala said they welcome the initiative to fight fraud and corruption.

“I wish this type of initiative is extended­ to other levels in the municipality­,­” said Marnce. Teboho Makhupane from South African Municipal Workers Union confirmed that the fired employees were Samwu members and said the union will represent them if they seek help from the union.

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube applauded the tough stance taken by the municipality to fight corruption and said in a statement: “We need to bring to book those who tarnish the reputation of government institutions and erode the confidence of communities in municipalities.

“The bold step by GKM leadership bodes well for good governance and a zero tolerance policy when it comes to fraud and corruption,” said Dube-Ncube.

Attempts by Fever to get comment from the employees were unsuccessful at the time of going to press.

 

 

CASES of fraud and corruption have been opened against four Greater Kokstad Municipality employees who were dismissed last month for allegedly stealing municipal funds.

Municipality spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane confirmed this and said the municipality is in the process of getting back the money that was allegedly misappropriated.
The municipality appointed a private investigator to investigate corruption in 2012 and as a result of the investigation, four municipal employees were dismissed for allegedly stealing municipality money. A fifth employee from the housing office was fired for absconding.

The four dismissed municipal employees previously worked as cashiers in the customer service centre.
They were found guilty of fraud and corruption even after they appealed to the bargaining council.
They were allegedly diverting municipal money to their bank account instead of to the municipal bank account. One of the fired employees was the supervisor in the customer service centre.
The decision to fire and charge the employees for fraud and corruption was welcomed by opposition parties and the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

EFF member, Dumisani Dlamini said the investigation conducted by the municipality was biased and favoured certain politicians and managers who were involved in alleged corrupt activities.

“The investigation was supposed to start with managers and move to cashiers. We believe there are supervisors who were untouched in the investigation.
“The company conducting the investigation recommended that the investigation should be from 2008 and beyond. Unfortunately, the findings of the report were not made available to the public, but EFF got them,” said Dlamini.

Bradwyn Marnce, deputy chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in Harry Gwala said they welcome the initiative to fight fraud and corruption.
“I wish this type of initiative is extended to other levels in the municipality,” said Marnce.

Teboho Makhupane from South African Municipal Workers Union confirmed that the fired employees were Samwu members and said the union will represent them if they seek help from the union.

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube applauded the tough stance taken by the municipality to fight corruption and said in a statement: “We need to bring to book those who tarnish the reputation of government institutions and erode the confidence of communities in municipalities.
“The bold step by GKM leadership bodes well for good governance and a zero tolerance policy when it comes to fraud and corruption,” said Dube-Ncube.

Attempts by Fever to get comment from dismissed employees were unsuccessful at the time of going to press.    

 

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