President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996, (Act No. 74 of 1996), signed a Proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate certain matters relating to the affairs of the Lesedi Local Municipality.
The Proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate, amongst others, the following allegations:
(a) Procurement of, or contracting of goods, work or services by or on behalf of the Municipality and payments made in respect thereof in a manner that was not fair, transparent, equitable and contrary to applicable legislation;
(b) Unauthorised, irregular or fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred by the Municipality in respect of refuse removal services, the supply and delivery of fuel, an automated time and attendance systems and organisational re-engineering related service;
(c) The failure by the Municipality to pay timeously the debts of the Municipality;
(d) The failure or refusal by the Performance Audit Committee of the Municipality to submit prescribed audit reports to the Municipal Council; and
(e) Any unlawful or improper conduct by councillors, officials of the Municipality, contractors or suppliers of the Municipality in as far as it relates to the allegations mentioned above.
Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa