CT feeding schemes 'misuse funds'

2011-07-13 13:04
Johannesburg - Police have been asked to look into the possible criminal misuse of public funds by Cape Town feeding schemes, the Western Cape social development department said on Wednesday.

A Western Cape government Forensic Investigation Unit (FIU) probe had found that schemes in Khayelitsha were not feeding people every day, department spokesperson Melany Khn said in a statement.

The Masibambane Community Gardening and Nutrition Project and the Great Commission Minister's Network were also not keeping records of those they were feeding,

The FIU found that large amounts of money had been withdrawn from the schemes with no record of how the money was spent,

Stock records had not been maintained and the invoices available did not seem to be valid.

"[The] investigation found that these breaches should have been identified by officials in the department, had they fulfilled their duties," said Khn.

"We have now instituted a disciplinary investigation relating to those officials tasked with monitoring the progress of Masibambane and Great Commission," she said.

The department was taking over the nutrition programmes and would use alternative service providers to get food to the community.

Khn said the probe also found that there was no record of tax being deducted from employees' salaries. This would be referred to the SA Revenue Service.

- SAPA
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