The City of Cape Town’s administration is making every effort to stamp out fraud, corruption and dishonesty of any kind and will continue to do its utmost to ensure that public funds are accounted for. As such, the City has today, following a thorough internal disciplinary process, dismissed one of its employees who was arrested on allegations of fraud. The criminal case is still before the court and following due process. Read more below:
Following an internal disciplinary process, as required by the Labour Relations Act, the City of Cape Town has today dismissed an employee for fraud.
On 29 January 2016, a City employee was arrested on allegations of fraud. The arrest was made as a result of a proactive and extensive City-initiated investigation into the affairs of the alleged suspect and the handing over of evidence gathered by the City administration to the South African Police Service.The employee was a member of Bid Specification and Bid Evaluation Committees to assess tenders for which their family and a friend had bid. Neither the employee nor the bidders declared knowledge of one another when required to do so. By law, employees are required to make such declarations and withdraw from the process. These tenders were subsequently awarded in part to family and a friend of the employee, resulting in the employee either directly or indirectly receiving benefit from the contracts.
While the criminal case mentioned is still ongoing, the internal disciplinary process has concluded and the employee has been dismissed.
As this matter is still before the court, the City’s administration does not wish to compromise the criminal case and thus cannot provide further details at this stage. The full details will be evident in court.
In general, over the past years, a very small proportion of the City’s total staff contingent have been found guilty of transgressions, including non-financial misconduct for offences such as gross insubordination, excessive tardiness and fighting, as well financial transgressions such as fraud, theft and dishonesty, including undeclared business dealings, corruption, soliciting bribes and unauthorised removal of City property.
The City will not tolerate fraud, corruption or dishonesty of any kind and we will continue to do our utmost to ensure that public funds are accounted for.
The City encourages staff and residents to resist, refuse, and report fraud by calling our 24-hour hotline on 0800 32 31 30 which is monitored by an independent service provider, Vuvuzela Hotline (Pty) Ltd. This service provides a safe environment for reporting unethical and dishonest conduct.
The political leadership welcomes the decision by the City’s administration.