President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate suspected wrongdoing by public servants and the private sector in the awarding of tenders by the national department of water and sanitation.
The Presidency confirmed that Ramaphosa gave permission to the SIU to launch investigations into the National Department of Water and Sanitation, the Ekurhuleni and Ethekwini metro municipalities and the Media, Information and Communication Technologies Services Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta).
Head of SIU Advocate Andy Mothibi says the Presidency has given the go-ahead for the SIU to probe in matters of about four additional state institutions.
The scope of the investigation starting off with the Department of Water and Sanitation is that there have been allegations of irregularities committed in the department of water affairs in the procurement of the SAP system.— Advocate Andy Mothibi, Head of SIU
The allegations are that there would have been irregularities including some corruption committed leading to some of the officials receiving kickbacks to the value of millions of rands, not less than R35 million as a kickback.— Advocate Andy Mothibi, Head of SIU
He adds that the department purchased this system without following appropriate processes as defined by the supply chain management system.
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