More than R300m recovered from fraudulent KZN tenders

Amanda Khoza, News24

Durban - Most of the half a billion rand that was stolen by government officials in KwaZulu-Natal during the 2014/15 financial year was recovered from fraudulent tenders, premier Senzo Mchunu said.

Last week Mchunu said R536 500 000 was recovered by the Special Investigating Unit during the period.

He said in a statement at the weekend that R380 146 000 was recovered from fraudulent government tenders in 2014.

Another R727 140 was also recovered from fraudulent tenders and bribes of SA Police Service officials.

A large amount of the 2014 recoveries came from the land affairs and rural development department: R6 022 500 was recovered from a fraudulent transaction on a New Guelderland farm, R19 460 000 from a transaction involving a Boshoek farm and an additional R12m from the department.

Other amounts included R296 000 from a government employee through the completed forfeiture of assets, R30 000 from the bribery of a SAPS official and R42 971 372 from the SA Social Security Agency.

Mchunu said about R14.7m was recovered from 1 567 officials who benefited irregularly from housing subsidies.

"Investigations are still ongoing even in other departments."