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SIU authorised to investigate the Tokologo Local Municipality and the Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality for the procurement of street lights and an electrification project

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed Proclamation 162 of 2024, authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of serious maladministration in the Tokologo Local Municipality in the Free State province and the Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality in the Northern Cape province and to recover any financial losses suffered by the State or the municipalities.

Proclamation 162 of 2024 authorises the SIU to probe the procurement of a project titled “Erection of 15 High Mast Lights” for the Tokologo Local Municipality and the project titled “Electrification Project” for the Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality.

The SIU will also investigate any unauthorised, irregular, fruitless, or wasteful expenditure incurred by the department or the State. The scope of the investigation also covers any unlawful or improper conduct by department officials or employees, the applicable suppliers or service providers, or any other person or entity which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public. Furthermore, the investigation will also establish whether there was any unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.

The Proclamation covers allegations of unlawful and improper conduct that took place between 1 April 2015 and 05 April 2024, the date of the publication of the Proclamation or before 1 April 2015 and after the date of the Proclamation that are relevant to, connected with, and incidental to the matters or involve the same persons, entities or contracts investigated.

In addition to investigating maladministration, malpractice, corruption and fraud, the SIU will identify system failures and make systematic recommendations to improve measures to prevent future losses.
In line with the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 74 of 1996 (SIU Act), the SIU will refer any evidence pointing to criminal conduct it uncovers during its investigations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for further action.

The SIU is empowered by the SIU Act to institute a civil action in the High Court or a Special Tribunal in its name to correct any wrongdoing uncovered during its investigation caused by acts of corruption, fraud, or maladministration.

Enquiries:
Kaizer Kganyago
Spokesperson: Special Investigating Unit
082 306 8888
KKganyago@siu.org.za