- President Cyril Ramaphosa has given the Special Investigating Unit permission to investigate several state entities
- The eThekwini Municipality, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller and UIF are all under investigation
- This comes after the entities have been swimming in allegations of maladministration
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been given the go-ahead to investigate the UIF, the eThekwini Municipality as well as the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller.
News24 reports that the investigations come after the entities have been inundated with allegations of corruption.
President Ramaphosa has given his blessing by signing three proclamations that have given the SIU permission to investigate the allegations and recover any misused state resources.
The investigation into the Gauteng Enterprise Propellor will look into a tender that was awarded in 2017 for the Township Entrepreneur Awards as well another costly tender awarded in 2018 for the Pitching Booster Initiative.
The investigation into the UIF will look at the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). Allegations arose that many unfairly benefited from the grant by submitting false and misleading applications.
eThekwini Municipality will be investigated for the “alienation” of immovable property for the provision of housing through the Human Settlements Infill Programme.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that fighting corruption is one of the key focus points for Cyril Ramaphosa in his presidency. However, the head of state has been battling to unite his party in his quest to rid it of corruption.
On Wednesday, while speaking at the 150th birthday celebrations for Charlotte Mannya Maxeke in the Eastern Cape, Ramaphosa warned ANC members that being divided could be the party's downfall.
IOL reported the ruling party dedicated this year to the late struggle stalwart by declaring it 'The Year of Unity, Renewal and Reconstruction in the Year of Charlotte Maxeke'.
Ramaphosa made a plea with the ANC Youth League to assist in uniting the ruling party ahead of a movement to suspend many members should they refuse to step aside at the end of the month.
The president reminded members of the elected leadership's mandate to unite and renew the ANC.
He added that should they fail to unite the party would likely come to a fall. City Press reported Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of dealing with corruption to win back South Africans' trust.
“I can see that nearly all of you love the ANC, but you will love the ANC more if you see the ANC acting against corruption and those who participate in corruption,” he said to applause from the crowd.
The 68-year-old billionaire added that those in the ANC who have been part of any wrongdoing will be dealt with.
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