Central SANorthern Cape agency investigated
─── KEKELETSO MOSEBETSI 10:47 Tue, 13 Feb 2024
“The scope of the investigation covers any unlawful or improper conduct by officials or employees of NCEDA, the applicable suppliers or service providers or any other person or entity.”
The Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Investment Agency (NCEDA) is among the agencies being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the unit to investigate allegations of corruption of seven contracts and serious maladministration of salary adjustments in the affairs of NCEDA and to recover financial losses suffered by the state and NCEDA.
The new NCEDA board's announcement in 2018. Photo: Facebook
The Proclamation R151 of 2024 authorises the unit to probe the procurement and the seven contracts.
These are for the procurement of the following goods and services: legal services, event organisation and management, security services, services relating to the Riemvasmaak Tourism Master Plan, catering services, and an audio-visual system.
Kganyankgo added the unit will also investigate allegations of serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the agency for salary adjustments that were not duly authorised.
NCEDA's stall at an expo. Photo: Facebook
“The SIU will also investigate any unauthorised, irregular, or fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred by NCEDA or the state. The scope of the investigation also covers any unlawful or improper conduct by officials or employees of NCEDA, the applicable suppliers or service providers or any other person or entity,” he said.
It’s alleged that unlawful and improper conduct took place between 1 March 2012 and 9 February this year.