Over R800 000 Stolen From City Of JHB Recovered

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Johannesburg – City of Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba has confirmed that over R800 000 of the city’s stolen money has been recovered from the two employees, who previously worked for the City’s Group Finance Department.

It is believed that the two employees were suspended late in January for illegally transferring the sum from a customer’s account to a company of attorneys.

“This is not just a victory for the City, but a victory for Johannesburg residents and the rule of law,” said Mashaba.

In a statement, the Mayor said the City has laid charges against two of its previous employees and is currently tracing external individuals that were also part of the syndicate.

With hopes that the perpetrators will face the full might of the law, the Mayor said the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) will ensure that funds are recouped, and that service delivery continues unhindered.

Mashaba said the City of Johannesburg will continue to vigorously pursue every allegation of corruption in collaboration with institutions such as the Hawks and other organizations within the criminal justice system.

“Corruption does not just steal from the City, it robs residents of much needed services and resources,” he said.