COGTA welcomes forensic investigations outcomes

The Parliament of South Africa today stated that the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) welcomed a “work in progress” report on the outcomes of implemented forensic investigations into troubled municipalities across South Africa.

The forensic  investigations began nine years ago and the Portfolio Committee of COGTA became concerned at the lengthy amount of  time it took to release a report of the progress made the Department of COGTA in provincial and municipal departments.

The Committee subsequently came to understand the complexities of the sensitive situations involving the investigations and expressed their appreciation for the work already done. COGTA Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the reason for the length of time used was due to the “meticulousness” of the investigative work, among others.

According to the Department’s information prepared for the Committee, the outcomes thus far consist of 120 assessed forensic reports of which 110 made at least 500 cases against municipal employees. These employees face disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

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