The City of Johannesburg, through its Group Forensics and Investigation Services (GFIS), has uncovered that over 1, 500 employees of the City fraudulently received the Special COVID-19 social relief of distress and other grants including social, child, military veterans and social pension grants.
GFIS has reported that 419 employees of the City benefited from the special COVID-19 social grant. 1, 129 employees were fraudulently benefiting from other grants intended for unemployed people.
Executive Mayor, Geoffrey Makhubo said they directed labour relations in the City to initiate disciplinary proceedings against those affected and have advised GFIS to share the outcome of the investigations with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) for further action which may include criminal prosecution
Makhubo added that several other investigations are ongoing and as and when outcomes become available, these will be shared with Council and the public.
“We stand opposed to any form of corruption and remain committed to dismantle the walls of impunity that were erected under the previous administration in the City, brick by brick. Our fight against corruption is real and in motion” concluded Mayor Makhubo.