Fisheries official's laptop seized over alleged corruption

2017-05-19 13:02
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A government official responsible for managing fishing allocation rights has been implicated in alleged corruption, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has said.

The department said it received information about the allegations involving one of the members of the allocation team.

Members of the Hawks executed a search and seizure warrant at the department's offices on Wednesday, seizing a laptop and cellphone.

"The department... views the matter in a very serious light, thus we have taken a precautionary approach to all activities related to allocations and his relationship with the department," spokesperson Thembalethu Vico said.

The department will work with the Hawks to ensure that there is proper investigation on the matter.

An independent forensic company will be appointed to investigate the accuracy of information submitted by applicants for fishing rights.

"The department is committed in ensuring that the undergoing Fishing Rights Allocation Processes (FRAP) are not compromised or at least are not seen to be compromised thus we have taken a decision to suspend the member from the Allocations pending the investigations."

The member was presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi was looking into the matter on Friday.


Read more on:    cape town  |  corruption

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.