President Ramaphosa has referred the Maluti-A-Phofung municipality in the Free State province to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) for investigation.
Proclamation 27 was published in Government Gazette 43633 in terms of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act.
The terms of reference of the SIU include investigating serious maladministration, improper or unlawful conduct by municipal officials or employees, unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property, intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property and unlawful or improper conduct by any person.
The investigation is to focus primarily on the period 1 January 2012 until the date of publication.
In particular, the SIU is to investigate maladministration in connection with the affairs of the municipality in respect of fruitless and wasteful expenditure during the periods 2012 to 2014 and 2016 and 2017.