Manhunt on for KZN official who allegedly stole R7.5m

2015-12-02 14:21
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Durban – Police are hot on the heels of a KwaZulu-Natal government employee linked to the disappearance of R7.5m in taxpayers’ money.

The funds had been ring-fenced for the Ingwe Municipality in the KZN Midlands.

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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs said in a statement that together with the Hawks, it had launched a manhunt for the official who managed to bypass a complex biometrics procedure for settling government invoices, allegedly rerouting a R7.5m payment to a private account.

Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the department caught out the alleged culprit, who has since fled, through an audit trail in the accounting system. 

“A business individual allegedly linked to the theft of public funds has already been arrested,” said Dube-Ncube.

“We continue the hunt down of all those involved and we will punish them through our courts. We are following important leads."

The MEC said the incident prompted government to rethink how monetary transactions were handled.

“Government remains an attractive target for criminals. We assure the public that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those behind this gross act of fraud are brought to book,” she said.

The MEC said she had also requested the Hawks to investigate the possibility of a syndicate preying on officials with access to government transactions and system procedures.  

“As government we frown upon any form of corruption, fraud or maladministration and we are extremely disturbed by this incident,” she said.

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