Efforts to institute a forensic investigation into allegations of corruption and maladministration at the department of water & sanitation, which oversees all water supply and treatment in the country, seemed to have been thwarted by officials. The process to investigate tenders issued by the department was started by former water & sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane in October 2016, with advocate Terry Motau appointed to lead the investigation with assistance from law firm Werksmans. But the Treasury has yet to approve the firm’s appointment because the paperwork from the department remains outstanding. In the preliminary forensic report completed by Motau and handed to the department in 2017, the advocate found irregularities in all four contracts he reviewed despite being unable to employ the specialist forensic and IT investigators from Werksmans he had requested. The business crime department at Werksmans has produced heavy-hitting investigative reports on allegations of fra...

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