Johannesburg officials held for R10m scam

2012-10-31 15:40

Johannesburg - Five City of Johannesburg employees have been arrested for fraud and theft, the municipality said on Wednesday.

The five, employed in the building control department, were arrested by the Hawks for allegedly swindling the city out of millions of rand, city spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said.

"[They were involved] in a R10m scam to defraud council funds for the submission of building plans over a 12-month period," he said.

They allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for approving building plans.

Fraudulent receipts were generated and reflected on city records as valid proof of payment.


The five were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court later on Wednesday.

City manager Trevor Fowler said several people had been arrested for fraud and illegal activity in the municipality recently.

"Our teams have been quietly working with the authorities in the past few months to rid the city of any activities of alleged fraud and bribery.

"[This] confirms the city's determination to take a firm stand against our employees who participate in activities which compromise service delivery, as announced at the recent launch of anti-corruption initiatives across all departments and municipal entities."

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-31 15:44

    Peanuts when you consider how SANRAL intends swindling the people of Gauteng. Peanuts if you consider the kaya zuma is having built.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-31 15:57

      Names please...

      Eterni80 - 2012-10-31 15:58

      Indeed. Soon the cANCer will start charging us for breathing so that thay can afford to finance the 'struggle'

      Msika - 2012-10-31 15:59

      Can we blame them, they learn from their superiors.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-31 16:01

      Go for the top people, that are steeling Rb as well

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-31 16:02

      Just arrest the whole ANC and it's employees, try them all and let the honest one or two go, keep the rest.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-31 16:04

      Can't wait to see OUTA take scamral on in court. 120% chance every company involved has some connection to i'chancellor house. anc = common criminal pukes

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-10-31 16:15

      Ah well...what's new???

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-10-31 16:24

      These guys will be suspended with FULL PAY, get legal aid and after 5 years of bungled prosecution - never see the inside of a jail cell..... Only in South Africa.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-31 16:31

      These guys wouldn't be ANC members by any chance, would they? The poor are being robbed blind every day, and they STILL vote ANC. Nuts, hey?

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-10-31 17:19

      They are proudly supporters of the useless Zuma. What did you expect.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-31 18:11

      ANC/SARS, you want to lock people up for not paying TAX?? Your salaries comes from these hardworking tax payers, these people demand accountability and NO CORRUPTION from you, after all, its their money you are squandering. I dont know how you sleep at night, oh yes forgot you have ZERO CONSCIOUS AND SELF-CONVICTION, not in your makeup.

      Oraniaboer - 2012-10-31 23:39

      I wonder whos working in the city councells offices. Hulle gee mos nie werk vir witmense nie. Nou hoe nou.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-31 15:48

    So whats new? This is an every day occurance!

  • terrence.schwartz.1 - 2012-10-31 15:49

    Sickening -- these reports appear too frequently -- the outcome is rarely highlighted.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-10-31 15:50

    Slap on the wrist and re-deployed

      Eterni80 - 2012-10-31 15:59

      more like, promoted..

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-31 16:07

      suspended on full pay for 8 or 9 years while they put a case together, it would be hilarious if it wasn't so pathetic, and it's our money, how much more are we expected to put up with before we crack, just how long before the good citizens of this country cry enough, this has nothing to do with race, this is daylight robbery supported by a few million sad, uneducated, racist hateful people.

  • markdoubleu - 2012-10-31 15:54

    I'm reading the other comments here and, instead of congratulations or optimism, all I'm seeing is negativity. Have we really become that defeated a society that we can't celebrate the small victories? Personally, I think this story is hugely encouraging and I hope to read more of these stories as corruption gets weeded out from our municipal (and hopefully provincial and national) governments.

      gordon.sims.180 - 2012-10-31 16:06

      Well said markdoubleu - SO TIRED of the constant negativity that we as a nation show - EVEN when it is something that should be encouraged. Negativity breeds Negativity - so as a society we have very little chance of actually improving things if all we ever concentrate on is the bad - COME on people !!! and WELL DONE to those responsible for digging up this corruption !!

      sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-31 16:12

      True Mark, but the this could only be construed as a victory when the guilty parties are brought to book and FIRED!!!

      markdoubleu - 2012-10-31 16:21

      Point taken Sean. But I'm not going to let that hinder my enjoyment of this. Without these first steps, the conviction and punishment cannot take place. So all in all, this is a story heading in the right direction :)

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-31 17:04

      I really would love to be optimistic about the arrests but like Sean says we need to see these people fired at worst and jailed at best. We never here of anything ever coming of these arrests which makes me thinks it's all done for the publicity and nothing else.

      KCorsar - 2012-11-01 08:25

      It would be hugely positive to see the following results from this: 1) who are these people - name and shame them, as civil servants they are employed to SERVE the people 2) that assets are recovered from their ill gotten gains 3) that they are summarily dismissed for their fraudulent act, no severance pay; loss of all benefits (recouped to repay debt) and then thrown in jail. The above will lead to more positive feedback from all concerned, as REAL action is happening, not some 'Oops we have a problem and how do we make it go away without hurting those that stole........

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-31 15:56

    show me a city official or ANC official who HASN'T stolen money.....

  • - 2012-10-31 15:56

    These fools are also causing certain suburbs to become slums as many people build as they like with no concern, overloading the electricity supply. I have been staying in the same house and have seen properties which housed 5 people now housing 30 to 40 and still the buildings continue being built. Please investigate all these bribes.

  • johan.pieters - 2012-10-31 15:57

    Not a slap on the wrist...probably suspended with pay.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-31 15:59

    Moral of the story is that ANC officials will not tolerate any sort of scam that they don't get a cut of. If you want to run a successful scam of any sort ensure you are paying senior ANC officials their cut or expect to be paraded to the public as a scapegoat to deflect attention away from the real thieves and to allow the ANC to make a public show of their "efforts" to stop the deluge of taxpayer funds into private accounts of same said ANC officials

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-31 16:02

    We all know the drill here.... suspended for 3 years on full pay and then the docket disappears mysteriously... I wish there was reason to exhibit greater faith in our justice system.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 16:04

    Well done Hawks, good to see these pigs going down.

  • phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-31 16:05

    OFFICIALS this means big brass/ SO WHAT IT IS NO CRIME BLAME APPARTEIT / and will be PROMOTED TO HEAD of the next office

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-31 16:06

    Respect.... I am sure it is just a drop in the ocean but it is at least progress and shows the intent to purge the rubbish out of council

  • native.rsa - 2012-10-31 16:07

    I suppose if you are an idiot you can't help being stupid.why these poeple think there is a happy ending to fraud beats me.You would think that after many news articles about officials busted for fraud ppl would stop, yet as I type this comment right now someone out there is busy commiting fraud and thinking they will get away with it, we will be reading about them in 6 moths time.

      darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-31 16:23

      Well if Zuma can get away with it, why can't they? BIG mess this country of ours!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-31 16:08

    Whats the point if you are going to end up losing your job.

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-31 16:12

    Another day, another crime committed by a government employee.

  • mitch.dhooghe - 2012-10-31 16:35

    Just another day at the office! If there was a "corruption world cup" we would surely be making the finals consistently!

  • Spearshaker@Inkandla - 2012-10-31 16:44

    And when will Tau, the mayor and his wife be arrested? She's all of a sudden R10m worth on the basis of a contract awarded by him when he was MEC for Finance. Any progress?

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-10-31 16:56

    When are we going to read about the same happening in Ekurhuleni? Same sh#t, different players. Turn the whole of Gauteng into one, giant metro and get rid of all these layers of corruption, including the useless, bungling provincial government.

      Erna - 2012-10-31 19:11

      Add Tshwane to the list as well.

  • mona.jafthas - 2012-10-31 17:05

    Why am I not suprised!

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 17:23

    Relative small fry, yet I hope they get long jail sentences. The bigger fish sits much higher up, but they will also get their day.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-31 17:53

    Just another day of the feeding frenzy by an endless number of greedy ANC piggies.When does this all end?

  • ansie.naude - 2012-10-31 18:38

    When will this investigation team go to the licinsing departments in the city?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-31 18:51

    This is very good news now justice must be served immediately dismissed no suspension with full pay and they must pay back every cent!!!! We are sick of this well done to the investigating team!!!

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-31 19:20

    Comrades in Fraud learned from the Master

  • sisie.indola - 2012-11-01 07:07

    Unless you are one of the "lucky" few who are in the top echelons of the ANC (who are untouchable?)then you are dispensable - and the ANC and government want the public to see that they are fighting corruption & fraud - they need the pat on the back and noddy badge. But they will do everything in their power (top officials) to stay out of the court room - take for example "dear beloved" JZ - what is he so afraid of - that the truth will actually come out - yes it will eventually - the only thing is he does not really want the people who so revere him to see that he has conned them - he likes his pedestal.

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