SIU says it has recovered at least R43.5m from govt depts

Over the past financial year, the SIU submitted six final reports to President Jacob Zuma.

Special Investigating Unit. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it’s saved the state millions by picking up fraud and tender irregularities through probes at government departments and entities over the past financial year.

Its annual report tabled in Parliament this week reveals that it recovered at least R43.5 million through its investigations.

The state still has the potential to recover R126 million more.

Over the past financial year, the SIU submitted six final reports to President Jacob Zuma.

From its investigations, it picked up four illegal contracts worth R4 billion and blocked payments of R106 million for irregular contracts.

The unit is currently investigating 45 matters.

Some of these date back to 2010, including one involving social grant payments to ghost beneficiaries.

In this financial year, the SIU hopes to finalise a probe into a R2.5 billion driving license card contract.

It will also decide on the validity of a R756 million tender by the Department of Communications for a public awareness campaign related to the digital migration process.