Help sought to nail Hillbrow fraudsters
THE CITY OF Joburg is appealing to members of the public who have information about alleged fraud in the city’s revenue department, regarding a block of flats in Hillbrow called Minfield, to come forward.
City mayor Herman Mashaba announced this week the arrest of a member of the public for defrauding the owner of the block of flats.
The police are looking for two more suspects in connection with the matter and are appealing for information.
One of these suspects is a former employee of the city, based in the revenue department, and it is alleged he is involved in a number of other fraud cases.
The allegations come from the owner of the flats who claims she was defrauded of R19 750 by these three suspects in June last year.
In 2015, the complainant approached the council for assistance in negotiating for a payment arrangement regarding a water and lights debt of R1.3 million accumulated by the block of flats, after the owner passed away in 2000.
In April last year, the complainant paid the suspect R7 500 as part of the payment arrangement, but was not given a receipt. Later, in June, the former employee asked for R9 000 for a clearance certificate and R2 250 to open a new electricity account.
A tax invoice with the revenue department’s letterhead was issued.
However, when there were no changes in Minfield’s account, the complainant realised she was being defrauded and reported the matter to the forensic and investigation service department.
“I would like to commend Commissioner Shadrack Sibiya’s team for acting swiftly in dealing with this matter.
“This is just an example that, even if you resign, or get dismissed from the city, you are not off the hook. We will pursue criminal charges and recoup what is due to our residents,” said the mayor.
“Corruption has no place in this administration.
“We will work tirelessly, and in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks, SAPS and all other institutions within the criminal justice system, to ensure that the residents of Joburg receive the quality services they deserve.”
Mashaba said people should report any fraud and corruption activities on the 24-hour tip-off hotline 0800 002 587.