520 civil servants convicted for embezzling R28m
More than 520 KwaZulu-Natal government employees and suppliers have been convicted over the embezzlement of R28.7-million of taxpayers' money.
Working with the National Prosecuting Authority, the South African Police Service and the Special Investigating Unit, the provincial government opened 594 criminal dockets between April 2011 and March this year against employees alleged to have embezzled R104.6-million through the fraudulent issuing of tenders and manipulation of supply chain management policies.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize yesterday said 517 cases were referred to court and 527 employees were arrested for misappropriating R90.5-million.
He said 529 people were convicted for embezzling R28.7-million, whereas only two were acquitted. A total of R727838 has since been recovered.
"There is widespread corruption associated with the supply chain and procurement sections, fraudulent issuing of tenders and contracts to unskilled and undeserving entrepreneurs who advance cash as proof of quality and capacity to perform asa basis for successful awarding of contracts," said Mkhize.
His office and the SIU have referred 192 cases for disciplinary hearings and five others to the Asset Forfeiture Unit.
More that R2.7-million was recovered after disciplinary action against government employees.