Oudtshoorn officials face arrest in financial mismanagement probe

The officials could soon be criminally charged following the apparent crippling of the town’s economy.

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CAPE TOWN - Several Oudtshoorn Municipality officials could soon be criminally charged in connection with financial mismanagement which has crippled the town's economy.

This emerged when the Western Cape Local Government Department briefed Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPL)s on the progress in efforts to rejuvenate the ailing town.

Local Government acting HOD Graham Paulse told MPLs a dossier with evidence of financial mismanagement, fraud and corruption has been handed over to the Hawks.

He says police are going through preliminary investigations.

"If anything of substance is found then it might result in the laying of charges in relation to those who are involved."

During the forensic probe, investigators identified 132 instances where officials contravened regulations, two cases of corruption and eight cases of fraud.

Former acting municipal manager Ronnie Lottering was also suspended following the probe.