SIU raids Matlosana Municipality

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Klerksdorp Record, Klerksdorp - Investigators from the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) raided the offices of Matlosana Local Municipality on Friday morning 18 December.

According to an update from the unit on social media, they were executing a search and seizure warrant as part of an investigation into corruption with Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).

“The SIU approached a magistrate for a search and seizure warrant as investigators were experiencing resistance on the part of the municipality. The SIU will not hesitate to press criminal charges against any individual who tries to interfere with its investigation,” they said.

The SIU has sealed the municipal building and employees were advised to go home.

President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this year gave the go-ahead for the SIU to investigate PPE procurement in State institutions.

The investigation primarily looks at transactions that took place between 1 Jan and 23 July, but not exclusively.

The SIU investigation at Matlosana Municipality is focusing on the Covid-19 PPE procurement of or contracting for goods, works, and services, as well as the construction, refurbishment, leasing, occupation, and use of immovable property, during, or in respect of the national state of disaster by or on behalf of the municipality, said the SIU on Friday.

Opposition parties welcomed the investigation. Cllr Tonie Meiring (Irasa) said it is high time that “those who used the municipality as their own self-enrichment spaza shop, lose their freedom’’.

The DA said it is a good start to cleaning out the rot in Matlosana.

“It is a shame that even during a national state of disaster, ANC politicians and cadre deployed officials, took to abusing emergency procurement regulations to line their pockets.’’

The Freedom Front Plus said residents are getting more and more upset on paying the government its dues only to hear about looting of state coffers. “We hope the investigating is quick and efficient and that the culprits land behind bars.’’

Ntswaki Makgetha said on behalf of the municipality: “The management of the cty is well aware of their investigations and is fully complying with the SIU as it is against the misuse of municipal funds. The management would like to confirm that all relevant documents were handed to SIU.”

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