Emalahleni Local Municipality issues warning to service providers concerning fraudulent practices

By Sesona Mqheliswa

The warning to service providers comes after the Emalahleni Local Municipality identified a fraudulent act by fraudsters using the name of the municipal manager of Emalahleni. The fraudsters are believed to be sending emails to all the service providers who have submit bids to the municipality for tenders that are worth R200 000 in infrastructure projects requesting them to pay money on behalf of their institutions, but the emails appear as if they are from the municipality’s manager.

Briefing the public, Velile Castro Makedama, the municipal manager stated that they condemn the fraudulent acts and that they should be reported.

He has further stated that anyone who has been requested such money from the fraudsters should come forward and report the matter. Makedama explained that the municipality issues out tenders guided by regulations with no fees needed.

“We have reported the matter to the police and we are requesting all those service providers to also report the matter, as the municipality we are humbly committed at all costs to do things according to the law in terms of improving the lives of our people and we are encouraging members of the public to report all fraud practices as well as corruption within the institution and outside institution of Emalahleni local Municipality”, said Municipal manager, Velile Castro Makedama.

The municipality has assured that they are working diligently to trace the origins of the emails.

Any members of the service providers who receive such emails should contact law enforcement agencies or report the matter to the anti-corruption toll free line on ‪0800 701 701‬.

Soundclips: Municipal Manager Mr Velile Castro Makedama provides comment.

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