Municipality pays R12 million to crooks: Fake letter allegedly used

Municipality pays R12 million to crooks: Fake letter allegedly used

- The Sekhukhune District Municipality's troubles seem to be mounting

- R5.4 million was illegally paid to the wrong accounts and now another R12 million has been lost

- Sources claim that the municipality was tricked into making the payment

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The Sekhukhune District Municipality has been hit with a R12 million blow after funds heading to the department of labour's compensation fund were diverted.

SowetanLIVE reports that R5.4 million had been paid over to the incorrect accounts last year, with an announcement to be made on the situation soon.

Sources close to the matter claimed that fraudsters had created fake letters pretending to be from National Treasury and the Department of Labour.

With the municipality allegedly owning the compensation fund millions, the letters were taken as authentic and the payment was made.

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The investigation into the looted R5.4 million has yet to make any progress, with not a single arrest having been made, Briefly.co.za gathered.

With a council meeting being held to discuss the situation and a case opened with the Hawks, municipality officials remained silent on the matter.

One source opted to comment, applauding mayor Stanley Ramaila for his swift action in the debacle:

"We applauded the mayor for quick action in making sure that over R4.7 million of the R5.4 million was recovered but no one has been arrested. The municipality is paying legal firms a lot of money for forensic investigation and that money could be channelled to provide water to the poor villages."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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