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President Ramaphosa Authorises Investigation into Moqhaka Local Municipality in the Free State

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President Ramaphosa Authorises Investigation into Moqhaka Local Municipality in the Free State

President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the green light for the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to conduct a thorough investigation into the operational conduct of the Moqhaka Local Municipality in the Free State. This move comes amidst swirling allegations of serious maladministration within the municipality’s corridors.

The directive, issued by President Ramaphosa, empowers the SIU to delve into the processes of procuring and contracting armed physical security services within the municipality. Highlighting the gravity and breadth of the investigation, an SIU spokesperson said, “The SIU will also investigate any unauthorised, irregular, fruitless, or wasteful expenditure incurred by the department or the State.”

But the scrutiny doesn’t end there. The investigation will extend to “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.”

One of the focal points of the inquiry is to determine “whether there was any unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.” With the scope of alleged improprieties stretching from 1 January 2019 to 12 April 2024, and potentially beyond, the SIU aims to dissect a wide range of transactions and processes for any sign of misconduct.

The initiative not only seeks to uncover acts of corruption or maladministration but also to “identify system failures and make systematic recommendations to improve measures to prevent future losses.” This proactive approach underscores a commitment to refining mechanisms and safeguarding against fiscal wastage.

The Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 74 of 1996 underpins the SIU’s mandate, allowing it not only to refer evidence of criminal conduct to the National Prosecuting Authority for action but also to initiate civil proceedings to remedy any injustices unearthed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reaffirmed the government's strong inclination towards spurring the nation's development through extensive investment in infrastructure, positing such endeavours as pivotal for South Africa’s future growth.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has reaffirmed the government’s strong inclination towards spurring the nation’s development through extensive investment in infrastructure, positing such endeavours as pivotal for South Africa’s future growth.

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