SIU issues summonses to Life Esidimeni NGOs

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The Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) Special Tribunal has issued summonses to 13 non-profit organisations implicated in unjustified enrichment emanating from the Life Esidimeni scandal.

News24 quotes Tribunal spokesperson Selby Makgotho as saying that the organisations allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices and ended up being overpaid. The tribunal was expected to recover an amount of R5.5m from the organisations through civil litigation, Makgotho said.

On Monday, the new tribunal announced that it had received its first batch of cases to commence with civil proceedings against government departments and state organs in an effort to recover the billions looted from the state.

The report says the tribunal was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February, after an announcement to that effect in his State of the Nation Address. In September, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola gazetted the regulations for the SIU's Special Tribunal.

These regulations came into effect upon their publication in the Government Gazette.

The report says the value of cases ready for adjudication and recovery stands at R14.7bn.

News24 report

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