[kwazulu-natal] - Crackdown on ‘ghost workers’ and fraud in KZN

Durban - A three-pronged effort by the KwaZulu-Natal departments of Public Works and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the eThekwini Municipality is set to respond to Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi’s call to clean up the Expanded Public Works Programme.

This comes after the arrest of at least three officials from the eThekwini Municipality in connection with benefiting illicitly from the EPWP, where some senior officials within the city had filled EPWP posts with ghost workers who were paid in the region of R1.2million for work they had not done.

Last Thursday, Xolani Vilane, a “safer cities” administrative manager, was arrested and appeared before the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court before being granted R5000 bail....

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