SIU Proclamation: Zuma Hunts Individuals Involved In Unlawful Expenditure Of Public Funds
Undoubtedly, His Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma must have decided to have some good time hunting down individuals involved in the unlawful expenditure of public money. Information from the Presidency has it that he signed three SIU Proclamation today.
As culled from press statements the Presidency issued, Mr Zuma signed SIU (Special Investigating Unit) proclamation on Thabazimbi Local Municipality, Alfred Nzo District Municipality and Eastern Cape Department of Social Development.
Daddy Zuma in terms of section 2 (1) of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996 authorised the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate certain matters identified in the three parastatals identified above.
The SIU Proclamation authorised the Special Investigating Unit to investigate the under listed allegations in the parastatals.
- Serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the parastatals.
- Improper or unlawful conduct by councillors, officials or employees of the parastatals.
- Unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property;
- Unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive act, transaction, measure or practice having a bearing upon State property;
- Intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property;
- Unlawful or improper conduct by any person, which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public or any category thereof.
- Procurement of goods, works or services on behalf of the parastatals and payments made in respects thereof in a manner that was not fair, competitive, transparent or cost-effective.
If you aren’t aware, the SIU is the public entity primarily mandated to recover and prevent financial losses to the state caused by acts of corruption, fraud and maladministration.
Also, it is expected of the SIU to assist departments in strategizing towards improved service delivery.
On the 17th of last month, President Zuma met with Adv Andy JL Mothibi, the Head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). Then, Zuma assured Mothibi that his government will support and cooperate with SIU to fight crime and corruption.
He was quoted to have said: ” We are most pleased with the work of the SIU in the fight against crime and corruption.
“Certainly the results are beginning to show. I am thus pleased to have met the SIU Head to convey our continued support for this critical instrument of our State in the fight against crime.”
Records from the government have it that a total number of 69 SIU proclamations were signed between 2010 and 2016. Again, 10 Proclamations were signed in the 2016/17 financial year to investigate allegations of corruption in the public and private sectors.
Since the 2011/12 financial year, the total value of money that has been recovered for the State is R279.5 million.