Joburg uncovers R10m corruption scam

2012-05-17 22:26
Johannesburg - A Johannesburg municipality employee has been suspended after he and several others allegedly pocketed about R10m of council funds, the city said on Thursday.

The amount was taken out over a period of 12 months, said spokesperson Gabu Tugwana in a statement.

Disciplinary proceedings would be instituted against the employee.

The scam implicated employees in the development planning and urban management department, and possibly a group of regular customers.

Tugwana said more suspensions were expected.

A forensic unit was busy securing evidence to assist the police with their investigations.

"The city has further asked investigators to verify indications that the scam may be a contributory factor to the delayed resolution to the billing woes of the city," he said.

The municipality has changed its departmental processing systems due to the crime.

"Members of the public are urged to come forward to make statements to the commercial police branch, should they know anything about this scam," said Tugwana.

Residents can also call the 24-hour toll free city line on 0800 002 587.

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