Cape Town opens anti-fraud dept

2012-04-04 14:45

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has established a forensic department to tackle fraud and corruption, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday.

"We find that a small minority of people with criminal intent have attempted to defraud the city and its ratepayers," she said in a statement.

"The mandate of this department is to investigate allegations of corporate crime... it has been established and operationally placed in the office of the city manager."

The most common crimes were by prospective service providers misrepresenting their Human Development Index to secure a contract or tender.

The city had also discovered a crime syndicate which defrauded it by submitting false claims and bank account numbers for service refunds.

"This investigation is ongoing. However, by acting swiftly we have prevented losses in the amount of approximately R800 000," De Lille said.

Two people jailed

The forensic department was working closely with the Special Commercial Crimes Unit and the Hawks, meeting monthly to discuss cases reported for criminal investigation.

On Wednesday, service provider Nigel du Plooy was fined R30 000 (or 12 months' in jail) for defrauding the city, and a year imprisonment suspended for five years.

Du Plooy, who owned four close corporations (CCs), issued three different quotations to install fibre cabling at municipal premisesin the Cape Town suburb of Kuils River.

The quotations were in his CCs' names, which ensured that he was awarded the tender no matter which of the three quotations was accepted - a practice known as "cover-quoting".

He was found guilty on 27 counts of fraud by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, but was acquitted on corruption charges.

City employee Nomkitha Matinisi was recently found guilty of eight counts of corruption after demanding money from community members to illegally allocate housing not due to them.

She was jailed for five years, two of which were suspended on condition she was not convicted of a similar offence.

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-04 14:51

    Stunning - We need this for Gauteng as well! How about the entire Government!

      E=MC2 - 2012-04-04 15:09

      we need this everywhere!

      Ronald - 2012-04-05 09:38

      Seems that the 4 who do NOT like your comment Snoopy, may in fact be the 1st ..4 corrupt officials we can for now identify?

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-04-04 14:55

    DA for the WIN!!!

  • Shafiek - 2012-04-04 15:02


  • bluzulu - 2012-04-04 15:07

    Start with Mr. Van Wyk , Thanks.

      Marion - 2012-04-04 15:12

      Who is Mr van Wyk???

      bluzulu - 2012-04-04 15:18

      OOPS, Thank you Marion, DA MP ....Mr. van Dyk Dyk ,Wyk ....honest mistake

      Morne - 2012-04-04 15:29

      If Van Dyk is guilty, by all means send him to jail, because that is where corruption belongs!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-04 15:36

      @bluzulu, he was found innocent... Next!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-04 15:37

      Tanie - 2012-04-04 16:31

      Who is surprised? pioblank

  • Liam - 2012-04-04 15:09

    Congratulations Cape Town!!This is how it should be done in Gauteng !Cape Town is the only city in SA that is clean and efficient .Zappit Bins,Security in the CBD and transparency and accountability of government(aka taxpayers) funds.R30 billion corruptly stolen from SA taxpayers yet ppl in the Gauteng must pay for etoll (ie R20 billion Sanral loan) mmm get rid of corruption and we dont have to pay for etolls .Maybe spend that money on improved public transport /houses/infrastructure for a growing South Africa!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-04 15:09

    GO DA!!

  • Marion - 2012-04-04 15:11

    Bring it on DA. Zap them no matter who they are.

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-04-04 15:18

    DA!! - leading by example.

  • Morne - 2012-04-04 15:25

    DA, means business! SA give them the tender!

  • Fernando - 2012-04-04 15:27

    Welldone DA

  • Liam - 2012-04-04 15:29

    DA for the future of our country!!!!!!Imagine how awesome it would be to have a government that accounts for funds,is transparent,improves and cleans our cities and only improves the lives of all South Africans!=More investment from overseas companies,political stability and more jobs for all !!DA!DA!DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ken - 2012-04-04 15:34

    And you know what? The DA WILL catch the fraudsters and prosecute. In the Cape Province NO ONE is above the law.

  • Bongani - 2012-04-04 15:41

    i say give DA all cities to manage.It is easy to catch a criminal if you are one of them. Only criminals can think about this. ANC has failed because they do not have a criminal mind.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-04-04 15:48

      But those in the ANC do...

      Marion - 2012-04-04 15:51

      Seriously Bongani, is that the best troll you can come up with? And you living in the Eastern Cape and all (yes, I checked).

      Gerry - 2012-04-04 19:35

      what an idiot...

  • Ian - 2012-04-04 15:48

    I want to become a Cape town refugee!

  • Lezel - 2012-04-04 16:00

    Now this is my department for you, a department that works for the people well done FSD so proud to be part of this team!!!

  • Tanie - 2012-04-04 16:35

    Who thought there was corruption in Cape Town? now that de-lille stands to how we know her, Zille will develop alopecia.

      Gerry - 2012-04-04 19:58

      Why alopecia?? Is that stress because she created a monster...? Answer this slim Oom Kriel... Why is Malema bald with no eyebrows either.. Huh?

  • Liam - 2012-04-05 01:07

    thank you Patricia de Lille! that's the way to show the rest of the country how it's done. WC for the best governed province in the World!

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