DURBAN - Those implicated in a R700-million tender scandal in the eThekwini Municipality are expected to be arrested soon.
That's according to the Hawks following raids on 15 homes belonging to city officials and service providers.
This raid is part of ongoing investigations by the National Clean Audit Task Team into allegations of corruption in the Municipality’s Water and Sanitation Unit.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said they have managed to seize a lot of documents and electronic equipment.
"Hopefully we will be able to know at a very short space of time as to what would be the next step in of this investigation," he said.
The National Clean Audit Task Team's investigation has laid bare a syndicate that's been operating for over 10 years.
"It's not only your big tenders. Even your small tenders that needed services to be rendered as quickly as possible you will find that there are companies that would be requested to bid some of this," Mulaudzi said.
"They are not even on the database, they belong to the officials themselves."
According to the police, arrests are imminent.
The municipality has welcomed the investigation.
Ethekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said the city will abide by the investigation.
“So within the processes that are being conducted we also conduct our own internal processes to ascertain that those who alleged to be part of any did of corruption they are indeed brought to book and they are dealt with within the institutional processes of the disciplinary process.”