Getrude Makhafola
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6 minute read
8 Jun 2022
7:57 pm

SIU takes shady water board officials to the cleaners over corruption, maladministration

Getrude Makhafola

Millions in cost overruns, shady tenders, and even an intern listed as a company director are just some of the cases the SIU have uncovered at the country's water boards.

Travelling long distances to collect water may remain a necessity for the residents of Giyani for some time, due to a protracted payment dispute between the department and the contractor, 11 October 2018. Picture: Alex Matlala

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is clawing back millions of Rands, while nailing officials and suppliers involved in long standing botched water supply tenders, including the controversial Giyani water project. Some of the cases are in the high courts and taking longer to conclude, as lawyers block SIU applications to bring the civil litigations for speedy hearings at the Special Tribunal, said SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi. He told Members of Parliament on Wednesday that the projects investigated showed increased costs without much to show for it, wide spread maladministration, disregard of the public finance management act (PFMA), abuse of...