Dept welcomes property syndicate bust

Sayed Hoosen Mia and two officials were charged with fraud after a R40m property scam.

Property mogul Sayed Mia speaks during the Bollywood Centenary Awards Celebrations in October 2012. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Public Works has welcomed a crackdown on a syndicate which allegedly swindled government out of R40 million for leasing Johannesburg buildings that were never occupied.

The department's Phillip Masilo says action has already been taken against the two employees who were involved.

"We found two officials who were involved in a corrupt relationship with the landlord and we have since charged and disciplined them. One was dismissed and the other resigned. We welcome the arrests and the action taken by law enforcement agencies."

It's been reported that businessman Sayed Hoosen Mia allegedly ran the scam with the help of the two officials.

Mia is the father of renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Ridwan Mia, who treated burn victim Pippie Kruger.

Mia and the department officials are now facing charges of fraud.