Ser­vice providers fin­gered in re­port

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - RAPULA MOAT­SHE

AT LEAST three ser­vice providers have been nailed in a foren­sic re­port for at­tempt­ing to swin­dle more than R10 mil­lion from the City of Tsh­wane for work they claim was done un­der ANC rule.

The work, in­cluded cater­ing for the fu­neral of for­mer na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Jackie Selebi and memo­rial ser­vices for min­is­ter Collins Cha­bane and ANC Tsh­wane coun­cil­lor Wil­liam Mahlangu.

The ser­vice providers were fin­gered in a damn­ing foren­sic re­port for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to fal­sify in­voices and use them to de­fraud the city.

This shock­ing rev­e­la­tion is de­tailed in a re­port com­mis­sioned by the city af­ter a probe into fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to in­voices sub­mit­ted to the of­fice of the coun­cil’s speaker.

The in­voices were for work al­legedly done in 2014, 2015 and 2016 un­der the ANC-led ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was made fol­low­ing an au­dit into in­voices sub­mit­ted by the of­fice of the chief au­dit ex­ec­u­tive, which un­veiled trans­gres­sions in the sup­ply-chain man­age­ment poli­cies.

In Jan­uary, the city asked Fun­dudzi Foren­sics Ser­vices to probe al­le­ga­tions that some sup­pli­ers had sub­mit­ted in­voices for work not done.

The re­port was sub­mit­ted dur­ing a coun­cil sit­ting yes­ter­day and dis­cussed be­hind closed doors.

It un­cov­ered a trend by some ser­vice providers to rake in mil­lions from the city by cash­ing in on the fu­ner­als of ANC dig­ni­taries.

A com­pany called Dinyane Busi­ness En­ter­prise was found to have claimed a pay­ment of more than R500 000 from the city for cater­ing at the Pre­to­ria Show­grounds and in Waterk­loof. This re­lated to Selebi’s fu­neral.

It was un­clear who re­quested ser­vices from Dinyane, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The same com­pany sub­mit­ted an in­voice amount­ing to R133 836 for the memo­rial ser­vice of Cha­bane, the late pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion min­is­ter.

“We could not find any doc­u­ment that in­di­cates that coun­cil took a res­o­lu­tion to host this memo­rial ser­vice,” the re­port said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­tected some­thing un­to­ward in both claims and rec­om­mended that they should not be paid.

An­other com­pany called Mabena Group, which of­fered cater­ing for the fu­neral of for­mer Ham­man­skraal coun­cil­lor Mahlangu, was found to have in­flated the price of two cows slaugh­tered for the mourn­ers. Mahlangu was ac­corded a civic fu­neral on Jan­uary 15, 2016.

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