On Thursday, 7 June 2018, the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), in collaboration with Crime Intelligence, conducted a search-and-seizure operation at various offices of the Langeberg Municipality as well as the private residences of some municipal officials. This follows allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering. The houses of a number of officials and councillors were raided.
Various documents and electronic communication devices were seized.
No arrests were made and, to the knowledge of Langeberg Municipality, no charges were laid against any official whose office or house was raided.
Many of the allegations made and investigated by the DPCI have already been investigated internally and in some cases the disciplinary procedures are continuing. In those instances where disciplinary procedures have been concluded, officials –some occupying senior positions within the administration- have already been dismissed.
We are committed to ensuring good governance and sound financial management and therefore welcome the investigation by the DPCI. We promise our full cooperation as this external investigation is necessary to restore confidence in our administration.
The Langeberg Municipality recently received its sixth consecutive clean-audit. It is this exceptional record and accomplishment we are proud of and would continue to protect and defend jealously by addressing all instances or allegations of corruption and maladministration. We will continue to rely on our partners and customers to report any suspicious or unethical conduct by municipal officials.
ISSUED BY: OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER, LANGERBERG MUNICIPALITY
For more information and/or comment on this matter, please contact the Municipal Manager, Mr Soyisile Mokweni, on +27 23 615 8001.