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City seizes City Power infrastructure worth R80 million Print E-mail
01 November 2017
 
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About R80 million worth of City Power infrastructure material was seized during a joint operation by the South African Police (SAP) detective service, Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS).

GFIS received a tip off from a member of the public that City Power’s infrastructure material provided to the contractors and sub-contractors for daily maintenance and repairs, and major projects, was not returned to City Power’s stores upon completion of projects.

As per the terms of the contract entered into by City Power and contractors, they are required to return the unused and replaced material upon completion of work.
12 properties belonging to the contractors and sub-contractors were provided by the whistle-blower to GFIS. The team of investigators from GFIS conducted preliminary investigation and established that the City Power infrastructure was indeed kept at these properties.

10 search warrants were obtained. GFIS, SAPS and the JMPD conducted operations at the 10 properties which are situated in Midrand, Kempton Park, Aeroton and Winchester Hills.

Some of the material recovered from the abovementioned properties include transformers, warning boards, overhead lines, street light fittings, fuses, circuit breakers, joint boxes, termination kits, street lights and street poles.

I was also informed that some of the material (transformers) found their way to other provinces such as Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga. Some of these contractors collude with officials from City Power and receive surplus material which they use for contracts outside Johannesburg.

In one of the properties, material belonging to City Power was discovered but the contractor was not providing services to City Power. When the team quizzed the son of the owner of the property who was found on the premises, he revealed that the marked drums which belong to City Power was destined to be used in other municipalities such as Ekurhuleni and Emalahleni respectively.

When stealing our infrastructure, these contractors sabotage our economy and our City. They deprive the residents of the City the quality of service they deserve. GFIS is committed to fight fraud and corruption, and maladministration in the City, those that are found to be involved in criminal activities will face the full might of the law.

I would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies including JMPD, SAPS, and NPA who were involved in the operation. I would also like to thank the engineers from City Power for the commitment in working with the team.

For Johannesburg to be a City of opportunity for all, the rule of law must be upheld. The days of criminals operating with impunity have to an end.

 

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Last Updated on 14 November 2017