The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been authorised by President Cyril Ramaphosa to investigate the allegations of corruption in a tender in the O R Tambo District Municipality, Eastern Cape.
President Ramaphosa has signed Proclamation R80 of 2022 authorising the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration in the affairs of the O R Tambo District Municipality, and to recover any financial losses suffered by the State or the Municipality through civil litigation.
The SIU probe into the Municipality will focus on the procurement of or contracting of strategic, technical and operational support services to the Strategic Programmes and Project Management Office of the Municipality.
Furthermore, the SIU will investigate payments which were made in respect thereof in a manner that was not fair, equitable, transparent, competitive or cost-effective; or contrary to applicable legislation or circulars or instructions issued by the National Treasury or the relevant Provincial Treasury. The SIU investigation will also cover any unlawful, improper or irregular conduct by employees, officials or agents of the Municipality; or any other person or entity, in relation to the allegations being investigated.
The proclamation covers offences which took place between 1 October 2017 and 29 July 2022, the date of publication of this Proclamation. It also covers any offences which took place prior to 1 October 2017 or after the date of publication of this Proclamation that are relevant to, connected with, incidental to the matters or involve the same persons, entities or contracts investigated under the authority of Proclamation R80 of 2022.
The SIU is mandated to institute 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. In line with the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 74 of 1996, the SIU will refer evidence pointing to criminal conduct it uncovers during the investigation to the National Prosecuting Authority for further action.
Fraud and corruption allegations may be reported via the following platforms: firstname.lastname@example.org / Hotline: 0800 037 774.
Enquiries: Mr Kaizer Kganyago
Head of Stakeholder Relations and Communications (SIU)
012 843 0048
082 306 8888