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Ramaphosa Authorizes SIU Investigation into Free State Premier’s Office under Magashule

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Ramaphosa Authorizes SIU Investigation into Free State Premier’s Office under Magashule

A Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into the office of the Free State premier’s activities and allegations of “serious maladministration” during Ace Magashule’s tenure has been authorized by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Concerns about improper administration were raised in the auditor-general’s report titled “Report of the auditor-general to the Free State Legislature on vote no 1: Department of the Premier” on July 31, 2019, and October 27, 2020, respectively.

Bloemfontein – The asbestos corruption case of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashule has been postponed to the 19th October 2021.

Bloemfontein – The asbestos corruption case of the African National Congress (ANC) Ace Magashule has been postponed to the 19th October 2021.

In 2021, the commission of inquiry into state capture also discussed the controversial bursary program.

The SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the agency will Investigate any irregular, improper or unlawful conduct by officials or employees at the Office of the Premier.

“The investigation will also focus on the Office of the Premier’s annual report for the 2017/2018 financial year concerning the approval, allocation, or payment of bursaries, including travel, accommodation and stipends to persons who were not entitled or were given in a manner that contradict the applicable manuals, policies, procedures, prescripts, instructions, or practices of the Office of the Premier or losses suffered by the Office of the Premier or the State..”

“The probe will also look into payments made in respect of student accommodation, including the causes of such maladministration and any related unauthorised, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred by the office of the premier.”

“The proclamation covers allegations of unlawful and improper conduct that took place between 1 January 2018 and 9 June 2023, the date of the publication of the Proclamation or before 1 January 2018 and after the date of the proclamation that is relevant to, connected with, incidental to the matters or involves the same persons, entities or contracts investigated.”

“The SIU is empowered to institute civil action in the High Court or a Special Tribunal in its name, to correct any wrongdoing uncovered during its investigations 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 any evidence pointing to criminal conduct it uncovers to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for further action.”

 

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