Hawks take over R35 million corruption case

2018-11-08 06:02

THE audit report for the Ezinqoleni Municipality R35 million corruption allegation has been handed over to the police to deal with, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality confirmed this week.

Speaking at a media briefing at the council chambers on Tuesday, October 30, municipal manager Max Mbili said, following the release of the report in August this year, the municipality resorted to implementing all the recommendations by Cogta (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs) in the report, and one of these was to lay criminal charges on those implicated in the Cogta report.

He said among, other recommendations in the report, some of them included the appointment of an attorney to the case and also placing a civil claim in order to try and recover some of the funds lost during the alleged corrupt dealings.

“We can confirm that the audit report has now been handed over to the police and the hawks are currently investigating the matter at a provincial level.

“While the (Cogta) report succeeded in proving probable cause for the allegations outlined, a court of law will be able to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt,” said Mbili on Tuesday.

He said of the listed recommendations that the municipality was at a level where an attorney had been appointed and a criminal investigation was being pursued however, going forward, the municipality was intent on implementing all of the recommendations outlined in the report.

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