Johannesburg – The mayor of the city of Joburg, Geoffrey Makhubo, received a report from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) into allegations of financial misconduct and corruption at the Joburg Property Company (JPC), in particular related to Covid-19 response expenses.
A senior JPC official reportedly awarded personal protective equipment contracts irregularly, costing the municipality at least R18 million in unnecessary and unnecessary spending last year.
The tender in question was awarded to four companies for deep cleaning and sanitation services during the national state of disaster in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the report. UES.
The report, which was received this month, was referred to Mayor Lawrence Khoza’s economic development committee member; interim city manager Floyd Brink; JPC board chairman Moeketsi Rabodila; and JPC Acting Managing Director Ruby Mathang for consideration and action.
“The report contains unfavorable conclusions and we have asked the JPC Board of Directors to provide us with a clear and concise approach to ensure that we discipline and accuse identified employees of acting inappropriately,” Makhubo said.
Makhubo said several other investigations, including the city’s internal audit of Covid-19 purchasing and spending, are underway and “as the results become available” they will be reviewed and brought forward. implemented.
“The city’s local unity government has always declared its commitment to act against those who may be accused of embezzlement, irregularities, corruption and fraud.
“The JPC Board of Directors is committed to acting decisively and in accordance with its fiduciary duties by ensuring accountability and management of consequences on matters arising from investigations carried out,” he said.
Makhubo said he would continue to play a supervisory role in the process on behalf of the city and the people of Johannesburg, “who expect nothing but full accountability.”
He added that it was imperative that the city comply with the law on municipal financial management, especially with regard to financial misconduct procedures.