The Hawks nationwide clear audit job raided the eThekwini Municipality after R200 million was allegedly paid for “fictitious work”.
Hawks spokesperson Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi stated the operation on Thursday morning adopted allegations of the awarding of tenders by the municipality with out following due processes.
“Since 2016 so far, varied corporations and different service suppliers allegedly colluded with municipal officers and have been paid thousands and thousands for fictitious work.”
Mulaudzi stated it was alleged municipal officers endorsed sure corporations and registered fictitious companies to ensure that them to be awarded profitable tenders, thus benefiting from illegal and fraudulent funds.
“A lot of the corporations weren’t registered on the municipality’s database.”
He stated the operation was profitable and led to the seizure of quite a few paperwork and digital gear which might help within the ongoing investigation.
“No arrests have been effected, pending investigations that are at a sophisticated stage.”
The raid befell simply hours earlier than former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede appeared within the Durban Business Crimes court docket along with her co-accused on expenses of fraud and corruption associated to a R430m Durban Strong Waste tender awarded in 2016.