SIU Investigates eThekwini Municipality, UIF & GEP
Written by Mfundo on 7 April, 2021
The Special Investigating Unit has launched three probes relating to allegations of corruption and maladministration in eThekwini Municipality, the UIF and Gauteng Enterprise Propeller.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed proclamations authorising the SIU to unleash all its legislative powers to subpoena bank statement and cellphone records, search and seize evidence, and interrogate witnesses under oath in a quest to hold those responsible to account for their actions.
The eThekwini Municipality investigation will probe maladministration in the affairs of the council, on the city’s Human Settlements Infill Housing Programme.
Meanwhile, the UIF investigation will focus squarely on the payments of the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits to people who were not entitled to receive such payments or submitted false, irregular, invalid or defective application to the UIF.
Furthermore, the investigation into the GEP, an agency of the Gauteng Provincial Government, will focus on the procurement or contracting of goods and payments made in relation to a tender relating to the Township Entrepreneur Awards which took place in 2017.