Msunduzi slow on Jika Joe

2017-03-01 06:01


THE Standing Committee on Public Accounts has piled on more pressure for finality on the allegations of irregularities in the Jika Joe housing pro-ject.

An investigation done by the
Provincial Treasury on the matter is gathering dust due to Msunduzi Municipality opting to do its own
investigation.

The Provincial Treasury
had done an investigation and referred the matter back to Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay last year.

Because the municipality opted to do its own investigation, it
did not implement the findings and recommendations of KZN’s Treasury.

“You need to chase the municipality on that one,” said committee chairperson Maggie Govender.

Pietermaritzburg features prominently among police investigations into 29 housing scams listed in a report by the department in the legislature yesterday.

The scams were identified in a forensic investigation done by the Provincial Treasury, based on allegations of bribery, corruption and procurement irregularities covering the period between April 2009 and March 2016.

The findings were then handed to police for criminal investigations.

“Five people have already been charged by the court for fraud and money laundering.

“One pleaded guilty and was fined R150 000.

He is now a state witness and four are out on bail,” said the department’s financial executive officer, Shirmala Pillay.

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