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SIUNews24 reports that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted an order to freeze the pension benefits of dismissed Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALR & RD) CFO Jacob Basil Hlatshwayo.  

The Special Tribunal (ST) issued the temporary order prohibiting the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) from paying out Hlatshwayo's pension benefits.  The ST has called on respondents in the matter to show cause, if any, by 1 February 2021, as to why the order should not be made final.  SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement that the order followed an investigation into the alleged irregular awarding by the DALR & RD of a personal protective equipment (PPE) contract to a particular company.  Hlatshwayo was dismissed on 12 October 2020 in an unrelated matter.  Kganyago said the SIU had felt it prudent to secure Hlatshwayo's payout while it finalised investigations.  “Once [the] investigation is completed, the SIU intends to bring a formal application to the Special Tribunal to recover any losses suffered by the State as a result of the alleged irregular award of the contract," Kganyago indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ntwaagae Seleka at News24

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