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durbanSunday Tribune reports that three men, including an eThekwini municipal official, who allegedly defrauded the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) by creating ghost employees, were arrested by the Hawks last week.  

They appeared on charges of fraud in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.  Andile Shangase, who works as a facilitator in the Safer Cities department, allegedly recruited various people and presented them to the municipality as legitimate EPWP workers.  He allegedly facilitated the opening of bank accounts under the individuals' names to receive EPWP salaries.  A report by the City Integrity and Investigations Unit (CIIU) revealed that the official kept the bank cards and pin codes of people and subsequently withdrew money from their accounts.  The State alleges the trio received in excess of R100,000 through payments made to accounts of ghost employees of the city’s EPWP programme.  They were granted bail and the case was postponed to February.  A Hawks spokesperson said another implicated city official was on the run and a warrant of arrest had been issued.  The CIIU report implicated at least three other officials and recommended disciplinary action against them.  The report found that more than R1.2million had been fraudulently paid to ghost employees in one month alone, with no duties performed.

  • Read Siphelele Buthelezi’s full report on this story at Sunday Tribune


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