GCIS accused of fraud over Census ads

2013-06-30 11:30
A Census 2011 graphic (Picture: Sapa)

A Census 2011 graphic (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has been accused of fraud for disposing of documents that showed how it irregularly appointed and paid companies to deal with Census 2011 advertising.

According to the Sunday Independent, the GCIS failed to put out a tender to advertise the Census and then paid R7m to two companies that did not provide any services.

The accusations are part of an explosive forensic audit report that has been held under lock and key and which has also allegedly led to the arrest of the former deputy director-general of methodology and standards Dr Jairo Arrow, who is accused of stealing the document.

The forensic report was compiled by the office of the accountant-general in the National Treasury at the request of former GCIS chief executive officer Jimmy Manyi and Statistician General Pali Lehohla.

The report is now in the possession of the auditor-general and is expected to be released by the end of July.

It is believed that the report states there is also a "serious lack of internal controls at GCIS regarding payment of creditors, as invoices are being split to bypass the system intended to screen all payments in excess of R1m".

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