The Gauteng treasury is due to investigate investments that the West Rand district municipality and Merafong local municipality made with VBS Mutual Bank. In a statement on Tuesday, it said it would implement a forensic investigation into the circumstances surrounding investments made by the two municipalities. According to the Gauteng treasury‚ the West Rand district municipality had R81m invested with VBS and the Merafong local municipality R50m. The bank was placed under curatorship in March due to what the Reserve Bank said was a "severe liquidity crisis". As a result‚ the two Gauteng municipalities cannot access the invested funds. At the end of April the DA accused finance MEC Barbara Creecy of washing "her hands of the fact that ANC municipalities in Gauteng illegally invested its finances into VBS bank". The treasury said the aim of the investigation was to determine whether the investments breached the Municipal Finance Management Act and whether any official should be char...

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