Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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26 May 2021
4:03 pm

Gauteng social development corruption eats into feeding schemes

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

While feeding schemes and NPOs close, 57 graft investigations have been registered.

Residents of Msawawa, Cosmo City push wheelbarrows with donated food to fellow residents, 28 May 2020, as part of a food donation operation organised by the Mahlasedi Foundation and Kazang during the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Michel Bega

Probes into corruption at the Gauteng department of social development more than doubled in the past year compared to 2019 as non-profit organisations (NPOs) continue to suffer. The department has initiated 57 forensic investigations into misconduct allegations by officials in the past year, including those involving dodgy transactions with NPOs. In the 2018-19 financial year there were just 16. Investigations into the lack of internal controls over finances have shown at least R1 million stolen from the state over the past four years through officials' dealings with NPOs and other transgressions. Only R561,714 has been recovered and several cases have...