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​T​wo employees who worked for the City’s Group Finance Department have been suspended for fraudulently transferring R800 000 to a company of attorneys. 

It was found that the two were part of a syndicate of internal and external individuals, who swindled money from a customer’s account to an attorney’s trust account, before requesting the payment thereof.

Chief among our priorities has been the process of recovering this money from the attorneys. Additionally, we will be laying criminal charges against both the internal and external individuals in this syndicate and ensure that everyone involved faces the full might of the law.

I am disappointed to learn that there are officials who are still involved in and engaged in corrupt activities. This is despite the fact that we continuously educate employees about fraud and corruption, and despite the fact that we have made it clear that corruption will not be tolerated in the City of Johannesburg.

We have zero tolerance for corruption and we will continue to vigorously pursue every allegation of corruption in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks and other organizations within the criminal justice system. 

For years, shameless outright looting was the norm in Johannesburg. Corruption does not just steal from the City. It robs residents of much needed services and resources. This is why corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly to eradicate it.

I would like to encourage people to report any fraud and corruption activities through our 24-hour tip-off hotline 0800 002 587 or visit the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein.

Cllr Herman Mashaba
Executive Mayor
City of Johannesburg

Media enquiries:

Luyanda Mfeka
Director: Mayoral Communications
Office of the Executive Mayor
Cell: 076 171 5978