SIU to probe Free State municipality over tender ‘corruption’

The affairs of the Moqhaka municipality in the Free State will come under intense scrutiny by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a proclamation authorising the SIU to investigate allegations of serious maladministration in the municipality.

President signed a proclamation for investigation

According to the SIU, the proclamation “authorises the SIU to investigate procuring and contracting armed physical security services in the municipality”.

“The SIU will also investigate any unauthorised, irregular, fruitless, or wasteful expenditure. This refers to expenditure incurred by the department or the state,” said SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

“The scope of the investigation also covers any unlawful or improper conduct by department officials or employees. Also the applicable suppliers or service providers. It also covers any other person or entity which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public.”

Unlawful expenditure of public money

“Furthermore, the investigation will also establish whether there was any unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.

“The proclamation covers allegations of unlawful and improper conduct that took place between 1 January 2019 and 12 April 2024 … And after the date of the proclamation that are relevant to, connected with, and incidental to the matters. Or those that involve the same persons, entities or contracts investigated.” 

The SIU added that it would, as an additional measure, “identify system failures and make systematic recommendations. This to improve measures to prevent future losses”.

NPA to be roped in if results point to prosecution 

The SIU will refer any evidence pointing to criminal conduct it uncovers to the National Prosecuting Authority for further action. This In line with the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act 74 of 1996 (SIU Act).

“The SIU is empowered by the SIU Act to institute a civil action in the High Court or a Special Tribunal in its name. This aims to correct any wrongdoing uncovered, caused by acts of corruption, fraud, or maladministration,” the unit concluded.


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