City of Jo­han­nes­burg of­fi­cials sus­pended for steal­ing

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

City of Jo­han­nes­burg Mayor, Her­man Mashaba has sus­pended two em­ploy­ees who worked for the City’s Group Fi­nance Depart­ment for fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties-trans­fer­ring R800 000 to a com­pany of at­tor­neys.

The sus­pen­sion fol­lows the re­moval of former City of Jo­han­nes­burg MMC of Fi­nance, Cllr Ra­belani Da­gada on al­le­ga­tions of nepo­tism. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased from the Mayor ’s of­fice, It was found that the two were part of a syn­di­cate of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­di­vid­u­als, who swin­dled money from a cus­tomer ’s ac­count to an at­tor­ney’s trust ac­count, be­fore re­quest­ing the pay­ment thereof.

“Chief among our pri­or­i­ties has been the process of re­cov­er­ing this money from the at­tor­neys,” said Mayor Mashaba. The City will be lay­ing crim­i­nal charges against both the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal in­di­vid­u­als in this syn­di­cate and vowed to en­sure that ev­ery­one in­volved faces the full might of the law.

“I am dis­ap­pointed to learn that there are of­fi­cials who are still in­volved in cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties. This is de­spite the fact that we con­tin­u­ously ed­u­cate em­ploy­ees about fraud and cor­rup­tion, and de­spite the fact that we have made it clear that cor­rup­tion will not be tol­er­ated in the City of Jo­han­nes­burg,” Mashaba said.

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg will con­tinue to have a zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion un­der the lead­er­ship of its Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor, Cllr Her­man Mashaba who says that he will con­tinue to vig­or­ously pur­sue every al­le­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­sti­tu­tions such as the Hawks and other or­ga­ni­za­tions within the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

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