Scorpions probe into Msunduzi not over until all checks complete

2008-08-25 00:00

The Scorpions probe into Msunduzi Municipality is continuing and has not been abandoned, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed yesterday.

On August 30, 2006, the Scorpions swooped on city hall and raided the offices and homes of a number of senior officials. This dramatic raid resulted in just one arrest last year.

Strategic executive manager for human resources, Kevin Perumal, was charged for defrauding the municipality on travel and subsistence claims and his case continues.

With no more arrests and the disbanding of the Scorpions currently under discussion, word has been going around that the investigation has been abandoned.

NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said all investigations started by the Scorpions will be followed through until they are finalised.

He said with the Msunduzi Municipality probe, they have more than 30 “legs” to investigate in the project.

“We seized approximately four tons of documents, which we must properly analyse to determine what evidential value they add …

“In addition, other leads emerging from the analysis could have a bearing, albeit an indirect one on finalising the project,” Tlali said.

He said he could not give definite dates on when the investigation will be completed as there are many factors outside their control that can impact on the speed with which they work.

“We do everything possible to minimise the length of time spent on any investigation.”

Msunduzi has been the subject of two investigations, the first by the Scorpions and the second commissioned by Local Government MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu.

The latter was conducted by a company known as The Firm. The final report was handed to the municipality a year ago. Council took 22 resolutions, which involved charging, disciplining or recovering money from those fingered in the probe.

Municipal manager Rob Haswell has said the delay in acting on the resolutions is because of additional legal work.

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