The City of Cape Town has the country’s highest number of municipal corruption cases currently being investigated.

This was revealed by the police during a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on Co-operative Governance, on Tuesday.

Law enforcement agencies namely the police, the Special Investigating Unit, Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority, shared an update about corruption cases they’re investigating at municipalities – including Covid-19 spending.

Out of 14 cases registered in the country, four are in the Cape Town Metro.

Some cases, though, date back more than a decade.

The details about the cases:

  • Employees of the City of Cape Town received gratification in the form of holidays, hotel accommodation and airline tickets from BOSASA in 2013. BOSASA was awarded a tender in 2010 at the City Of Cape Town. The value is approximately R 100 000,00.
  • It is alleged that a Councillor and Mayoral Committee (MAYCO) member of the City of Cape Town abused his position to have City contracts/ tenders awarded to identified companies/service providers in return for gratification. The value to be determined.
  • The complainant alleges that contracts of the City of Cape Town were awarded without due processes followed and that the Mayor, MAYCO members and senior directors failed to report the irregularities in terms of Sec 34 of PRECCA after the irregularities were brought to their attention. The value to be determined.
  • A construction service provider was awarded a tender as the main contractor, which from time to time would require the services of sub-contractors. It is alleged that the service provider submitted false and/or fraudulent quotations or inflated the invoices to the City of Cape Town. The value is R 11 500 000,00.

Outside the metro, there’s one investigation at the Cederberg Municipality. The police is probing cases of corruption, money laundering, and defeating the ends of Justice. The case involved three municipal officials and three service providers.

“The complainant discovered improper and unlawful conduct by officials of the Cederberg Municipality, relating to the irregular procurement of PPE during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The value is approximately R 1 560 000.00”, said Major General Lesly Magson.