Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Municipal official accused of R100M corruption

Municipal official accused of R100M corruption....

Mar 15, 2011

The suspended manager of Madibeng Municipality, in the North West, will appear in court in Orkney for alleged corruption involving a R100 million tender, an official said. Co-operative governance spokesman Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika said on Tuesday that the manager was expected to bring a bail application.
He was arrested towards the end of 2010 for the alleged tender fraud.
"An extensive audit conducted on capital expenditure projects in the municipality revealed financial mismanagement of project funds in excess of R100 million," said Qinga-Vika.
The audit had also probed the municipal infrastructure grant and department of water affairs projects. 


R800m tender scam

ECape investigating R800m tender scam....

Johannesburg - Over 20 Eastern Cape health department officials are being investigated for R800m tender fraud, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The group of senior and junior officials were still being paid, after they were suspended in February 2010, Sizwe Kupelo told Sapa.

"About 10 companies and 20 officials are implicated in the scam."

The department, with the help of auditors from PricewaterhouseCoopers uncovered the crimes early in 2010.

"These companies would tender for different services using different names, but sharing one address, phone and fax number."

The alleged practice had been continuing for two years. The department had handed the information to the police for a criminal investigation.





Schabir Shaik

  • October 2004: Schabir Shaik's fraud and corruption trial begins in Durban.
  • June 2005: Judge Hillary Squires sentences Shaik to 15 years on each count of corruption and three years for fraud. The sentences were to run concurrently. He was accused of paying Jacob Zuma R1.2-million in bribes from one of his companies and also of facilitating a R500000-a-year payment to Zuma from French arms trading company Thint Holdings to deflect corruption investigations.
  • November 2006: Shaik starts serving his sentence, but is admitted to a private hospital 16 days later.
  • March 2009: Shaik is freed on medical parole with doctors describing him as "terminally ill".
  • August 2009: The DA calls for his parole to be revoked after he was caught driving around town.
  • October 2009: The presidency confirms that Shaik has applied for a presidential pardon in the same month that reports surfaced that he was playing golf. The Department of Correctional Services said that it could not act on a mere "allegation" and that Shaik was allowed "free time".