Investigation into fraud and corruption at KZN premier’s office

2007-12-22 00:00

HEADS are expected to roll at the provincial premier’s office following a damning internal forensic audit report.

The forensic audit, initiated by Premier S’bu Ndebele, has found, among other things, that some staff members at the premier’s office have been involved in acts of fraud and corruption.

These include an unauthorised and illegal payment made to a service provider. The deputy director-general at the premier’s office, Roger Govender, said the amount involved was about R440 000.

He said the name of the service provider is known to the police, “But due to the sensitive nature of the investigation the service provider’s name has not been released,” he said.

It was not immediately known how many employees were in cahoots with the service provider.

Ndebele’s spokesman, Logan Maistry, said the investigation is being carried out by the SAPS and the premier’s office, adding that arrests are expected to be made soon.

“The KZN provincial government is firmly committed to act harshly against all forms of corruption. Therefore, any public servant or member of the public who is found guilty of any form of fraud and corruption will face the full might of the law,” he said.

Ndebele urged members of the public and other employees in his office to come forward with any information that may assist the SAPS in its investigations. “Together we can defeat fraud and corruption, and ensure that much-needed service delivery reaches the citizens of our province,” he said.

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