City of Joburg’s executive mayor, Clr Herman Mashaba, said on Tuesday that over R800 000 had been returned to the city.
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“A firm of attorneys that received fraudulent transfers of over R800 000 from two employees who worked for the city’s Group Finance Department, returned the money to the city,” said Mashaba.
“This strengthens my belief in the value of ensuring that the Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) department be further capacitated to address the over 2 500 cases before it.
“Added to this, I believe that GFIS should be further capacitated with its own Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), which will be responsible for recovering money and assets stolen from the city,” said Mashaba.
He said the AFU will ensure that funds are recouped to ensure that service delivery continues unhindered.
“We have laid charges against these employees and we are on the trail of the external individuals who were a part of the syndicate to swindle money from the city,” said Mashaba.
He urged residents to report fraud and corruption to the 24-hour tip-off hotline 0800 002 587 or go to the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein.