Fraud claims resur­face

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - RAPULA MOAT­SHE

THE South African Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers Union (Samwu) in Tsh­wane has once again called for the sus­pen­sion of emer­gency ser­vices depart­ment di­rec­tor Joan de Beer over al­le­ga­tions of fraud­u­lent over­time claims.

Re­gional secretary Mpho Tladinyane said Samwu had, over the last 12 months, been rais­ing chal­lenges against De Beer. “We de­mand her im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion while she is sub­jected to a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for her in­volve­ment in cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties as per the out­comes of the foren­sic au­dit in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

The call by Samwu was de­spite the mat­ter be­ing dealt with dur­ing the pre­vi­ous ANC ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to MMC for com­mu­nity safety Der­rick Kis­soon­duth.

He said: “The mat­ter has been dis­cussed and put to bed. It went through the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, but there were calls for it to be rein­ves­ti­gated.”

The mat­ter came to light in Jan­uary when six of­fi­cials at emer­gency ser­vices cried foul that they were sus­pended in De­cem­ber last year fol­low­ing a fall­out with De Beer.

Their sus­pen­sions were ef­fected af­ter they ques­tioned why De Beer was not sub­jected to dis­ci­plinary hear­ings for her al­leged role in fraud­u­lent over­time claims while her co-ac­cused was sub­jected to a dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings.

The in­for­ma­tion about the fraud­u­lent over­time claims is con­tained in a foren­sic re­port com­piled by in­ves­ti­ga­tors at the coun­cil’s group au­dit and risk depart­ment in 2015. A probe into fraud al­le­ga­tions was trig­gered by the il­le­gal over­time claims sub­mit­ted four years ago.

The re­port un­cov­ered how De Beer au­tho­rised the fraud­u­lent over­time claims of act­ing di­rec­tor Eric Nonyane.

The re­port said De Beer signed the over­time claims for Nonyane with­out ver­i­fy­ing if the hours claimed were ac­tu­ally worked.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Nonyane failed to pitch up at some meet­ings he was sched­uled to at­tend, but still suc­cess­fully sub­mit­ted the over­time claims.

Nonyane was ac­quit­ted dur­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing fol­low­ing an in­ter­ven­tion by his lawyer, de­spite the city not re­cov­er­ing R149 678 lost due to fraud­u­lent over­time claims.

The re­port rec­om­mended that the two im­pli­cated of­fi­cials be sus­pended, but they were still re­port­ing for work.

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