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SIU Granted Presidential Proclamation to Investigate Alleged Maladministration in Free State and KwaZulu-Natal Departments

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SIU to Investigate the Free State

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has received the green light from the South African Presidency to initiate a thorough investigation into serious maladministration accusations concerning the Free State Department of Public Works and Infrastructure and Human Settlements, as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.

A Presidential proclamation, which serves as an authoritative order, has enabled the SIU to delve into the miry waters of alleged corruption and misconduct that have plagued these departments.

In the Free State, the focus of the SIU’s probe will be the procurement processes surrounding the controversial Ramkraal Project undertaken by the provincial legislature. The investigation intends to uncover any irregularities involving payments that failed to comply with the principles of fairness and cost-effectiveness, or breach applicable laws. “The SIU will also investigate payments made in a manner that was not fair, competitive, transparent, equitable or cost-effective; or contrary to applicable legislation, and any related unauthorized, irregular, or fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred by the State,” the unit stated.

“The SIU will also identify system failures and make systematic recommendations to improve measures to prevent future losses,” added the SIU regarding their planned actions following the investigation. This statement underlines the unit’s commitment to not only expose wrongdoings but also fortify the mechanisms that safeguard public resources from misuse.

In the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, the SIU’s remit will include sleuthing into the construction of several bridges spanning the Mngwenya, Umlalazi, Mhlathuze, and Phethu rivers. The allegations under this microscope are related to illicit and improper activities dated between June 1, 2016, and February 23, 2024, as well as those before and after this period if they bear connection to the initial probe.

“The proclamation covers allegations of unlawful and improper conduct that took place between 01 June 2016 and 23 February 2024,” the SIU disclosed, illustrating the extensive period over which the alleged misdeeds occurred.

The areas of investigation extend to serious misadministration, unlawful expenditure and appropriations, illicit transactions, loss of public money, damages to public property, and offenses outlined in the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, 2004.

The unit has made it clear: “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 during its investigations to the National Prosecuting Authority for further action.”

In addition to potential criminal charges, the SIU warned: “The SIU is empowered by the SIU Act 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.”



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