Metro cops seize laptops from officials after irregular payments

APRIL 23, 2017
Metro cops seize laptops from officials after irregular payments

A late Friday evening Metro Police, Internal Audit and Forensics Operation saw officers swoop in on private homes to seize municipal laptops from three Public Health officials as the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality intensifies efforts to crack down on fraud and corruption at City Hall.

"The Administration has identified a number of allegedly irregular payments and invoices in recent months, particularly in the Public Health Directorate," described Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Saturday.

"This resulted in the suspension of a municipal employee late last week and prompted the City Manager on Friday request that said laptops, which are the property of the Municipality, be retrieved."

He said that the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition admnistration in Nelson Mandela Bay has already committed to stopping corruption and fraud.

"All municipal officials, elected representatives and contracted service providers found guilty of fraudulent or corrupt activities will be internally charged and prosecuted.

"In terms of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, instances where the Municipality has completed investigations which identify alleged corruption, these will be reported to the South African Police Service," Trollip said.

"We are now moving into a new phase of investigations into serious allegations of corruption in various Directorates.

"Thus, as matters of critical importance for our city and residents, I will on Tuesday 25 April 2017 be briefing the media and public on the status and progress herein, the details for which will follow."

He added that change has come to Nelson Mandela Bay, where freedom, fairness and opportunity for all is now a reality.