Criminal charges for government employee who spent state funds on wedding

Criminal charges for government employee who spent state funds on wedding

- The Housing Development Agency is laying charges against former communications manager Zingaphi Martin.

- Martin is alleged to have used R43 300 of state funds to pay for her wedding in December.

- This is the latest in a series of financial irregularities for the agency, resulting in cash flow deficit of R11 million

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The Housing Development Agency announced that it would lay charges against ex-communications manager Zingaphi Martin this week.

Martin resigned from the HDA last month after being suspended due to allegations that she spent R43 300 of state funds on her wedding.

Martin, however, denied allegations that she had used the state coffers to pay for the event.

"I resigned from the HDA as stated in my resignation letter due to changes in my personal life circumstances," she said.

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Martin was not the only HDA employee who has been suspended for allegations of fraud and irregular expenditure in recent weeks. Four executives as well as the CEO are also being investigated on similar charges.

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The HDA forms part of the human settlements department and is intended to assist local governments in providing housing for the poor. 

However, financial irregularities have plagued the HDA in recent times. It was announced that the agency currently has a cash-flow deficit if R11 million, prompting the treasury to demand that the HDA hand back R2.3 billion that was supposed to have been spent on social housing.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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