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President Ramaphosa Authorises Probe into Free State and Northern Cape Municipalities

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President @Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the keynote address at the 2nd Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa, held under the theme “Quality infrastructure for Development, Recovery and Inclusive Growth”. #SIDSSA2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa has led the charge by endorsing a proclamation that enables the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to carry out comprehensive investigations into allegations of serious maladministration within the realms of the Tokologo Local Municipality in the Free State province and the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality located in the Northern Cape.


The investigation mandate handed down by the proclamation primarily focuses on scrutinizing the street lights and electrification projects undertaken by the aforementioned municipalities. This move underscores the government’s firm stance on eradicating corruption and ensuring the efficient execution of developmental projects aimed at bettering citizen livelihoods.

An SIU spokesperson detailed the broad scope of the investigations, stating, “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 pronounced objectives of these investigations indicate a structured approach towards identifying systemic failures and implementing corrective measures to mitigate future incidents of malfeasance. The SIU’s investigations will span all conduct deemed unlawful and improper between 1 April 2015 and 05 April 2024, the date of the publication of the Proclamation, with an additional scope to include incidents before and after these dates, should they prove relevant.

Upon uncovering any potential criminality during its course of investigation, the SIU has pledged to forward these findings to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for possible prosecution. This collaboration underscores the comprehensive legal framework designed to stamp out corruption within the public service.

“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,” the SIU announced. Further outlining their commitment to legal adherence and correction, the statement continued, “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 NPA for further action.”


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