Joburg uncovers R10m corruption scam

2012-05-17 22:26

Johannesburg - A Johannesburg municipality employee has been suspended after he and several others allegedly pocketed about R10m of council funds, the city said on Thursday.

The amount was taken out over a period of 12 months, said spokesperson Gabu Tugwana in a statement.

Disciplinary proceedings would be instituted against the employee.

The scam implicated employees in the development planning and urban management department, and possibly a group of regular customers.

Tugwana said more suspensions were expected.

A forensic unit was busy securing evidence to assist the police with their investigations.

"The city has further asked investigators to verify indications that the scam may be a contributory factor to the delayed resolution to the billing woes of the city," he said.

The municipality has changed its departmental processing systems due to the crime.

"Members of the public are urged to come forward to make statements to the commercial police branch, should they know anything about this scam," said Tugwana.

Residents can also call the 24-hour toll free city line on 0800 002 587.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 22:56

    Wonderful. Now they have someone to blame for the billing fiasco. Are there some pregnant cats running around, they can blame them for that too!

  • keith.gough - 2012-05-17 23:30

    Why are there always disciplinary hearings and never criminal charges. This way it is quite clever to borrow R10m and repay a year later when caught, but in the meantime keeping R900k in interest. talk about perks!

      Beliinda - 2012-05-18 08:37

      But my question is exactly that .. do they EVER have to repay the billions stolen from Government and Municipal coffers (let alone the interest you mention) and if so how are the billions recovered from this scum of society? It just seems this never ending greed has absolutely no consequence except a slap on the hand, and the honest public are forced to keep replenishing the stolen funds.

      John - 2012-05-18 08:41


  • - 2012-05-17 23:47

    what's new i want to hear a story of a bastard that did not steal this is not news anymore just plain f@#$%cken boring. its a never ending thieving cycle that is going to drain the life out of this country. a very good portrait of how the government is

  • Dodozi - 2012-05-18 00:30

    Come forward and report the scam ...........what scam??????

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-18 00:35

    At least the skelm is caught. Better late than never!

      comurray - 2012-05-18 10:33

      You are so right as this time next year it would have been 20 to 30 million.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-01 08:44

      Thabo, as long as these thieves are not forced to repay the money with interest and then put in jail it only serves as encouragement to others to do the same. Don't you see that?

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-05-18 00:56

    Ah, im so sick and tired of this crap. Are there no honest public servants any more?

      Wally Walters - 2012-05-18 06:47

      Boring news. the usual' not interested

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-05-18 07:44

      i am here Stan :)

      George - 2012-05-18 07:59

      They are. They get fired quickly though.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-18 06:59

    When are we going to see them ARRESTED and CHARGED?? WTF? suspending is for disiplinary offenses. THEFT is cimne an dmust be treated as such. As usual the cANCer members look out for each other and sweep it all under the carpet...

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-18 07:02

    Note to self, to avoid typos I must finish my coffee before posting comments....

  • Fussed - 2012-05-18 07:29

    What did they do and how was it excuted. How did it effect up. Please more details

  • George - 2012-05-18 07:58

    Well done. Don't stop. There is still a few billion to go. We all know it.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-18 09:06

    well - we know that they are good in at least one thing: stealing

  • Aristar - 2012-05-18 09:37

    The government is here to serve not to rule. The basis of a democratic system is that we, the voter, vote for the politicians to be put in place to SERVE US, not rule us.

  • Harold - 2012-05-18 10:09

    JBurg Metro big on BEEE big on Cadre deployment,big on ANC, on Corruption. Now I know why that painting of Zuma makes me feel violated. Gang Rape of a nation does not stop till the gang are stopped. Remember the Nazis and Chaka and Idi Amin and Mugabe. We must thank Mandela and OR Tambo for this they were the ones that told the world the ANC are nice people. We have been had by the biggest scam artists in the world.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-18 11:41

    And how many of them work for, are apart of or members of the wonderful stealing ANC

  • Marion - 2012-05-18 12:20

    At one large corporate two financial accountants were caught using company funds to fund their gambling project and dismissed without prosecution. A pension fund manager in the same group committed suicide in the basement the day they confronted him about the R1 million+ he had siphoned out of the fund. Numerous employees were dismissed without prosecution for fraudulent claims against expenses. All this before the ANC came into power. Corruption has been around forever. That said, I'm surprised they only came up with R10 million corruption.

      Sheik - 2012-05-18 23:21

      ANC has Mastered corruption, that's the only difference.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-06-01 08:41

    SEVERAL are caught stealing R10M, and "disciplinary" steps are implemented against one of them!!!! WTF? they must all be charged and prosecuted. Once again we see that there is simply no limit to the rotten nature of the ANC cadres and their inability to run anything without stealing. and the poor will carry on suffering, and will carry on putting these mamparas into power, so they can carry on stealing. Please notice that my post says NOTHING about race, so dont use this card. I HATE THIEVES, regardless of the colour of their skin. Let's see if anyone arguing with me can do so without blaming Apartheid or use Race as a shield.

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