SIU ‘expeditiously’ assessing maladministration claims in City of JHB

The SIU says it's assessing his allegations to determine if they fall within the unit's jurisdiction

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JOHANNESBURG - The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says its "expeditiously" assessing allegations of maladministration and irregularities in the City of Johannesburg.

Suspended city ombudsman Sdu Gumede has written to President Jacob Zuma asking for an inquiry to investigate claims leveled against the city which include unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has questioned the timing of Gumede's request, while he awaits his disciplinary hearing next month.

The SIU has told Eyewitness News it's assessing his allegations to determine if they fall within the unit's jurisdiction.

It’s not yet clear when the SIU will be in a position to inform the president whether it can investigate.

Meanwhile, Mashaba says the city will co-operate if the SIU receives the green light for a probe.

“So that there are other independent bodies that can confirm the role of Gumede as the reason why we’ve suspended him.”

If the SIU decides to investigate the allegations, it can recommend that state institutions initiate disciplinary action or civil action to recover misappropriated funds.

Gumede has not yet responded to EWN's calls or messages.