President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised an investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into alleged maladministration and unlawful expenditure of public money by the national Department of Water and Sanitation, as well as the Ekurhuleni and eThekwini metropolitan municipalities.
"The latest proclamations signed by President Ramaphosa complement a number of investigations called for by the President since his undertaking in the February 2018 State of the Nation Address that 'this is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions'.
"President Ramaphosa also made it clear in the State of the Nation Address that the commission of inquiry into state capture headed by Deputy Chief Justice Judge Raymond Zondo would not displace the regular work of the country’s law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting any and all acts of corruption."
In terms of the latest proclamations, the SIU will investigate the national Department of Water and Sanitation for alleged serious maladministration in the procurement or contracting of information technology services from the enterprise software provider SAP SE (SAP).
The SIU will look into allegations that the procurement of, or contracting for, information technology-related services from SAP had not been fair, competitive, transparent, equitable or cost-effective, and that legislation, guidelines or policies had been flouted.
"The SIU has also been tasked to investigate any improper or unlawful conduct by personnel of the Department of Water and Sanitation or SAP, or any other person or entity, as well as the causes of such conduct, and any losses, damage or actual or potential prejudice suffered by the department or the State."
The investigation will focus on a period between January 2015 and the present, although unlawful or improper conduct prior to January 2015 that is deemed relevant to this matter will be taken into account.
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