SIU gets permission to freeze ex-Lepelle Northern Water Board CEO's pension

The Giyani Water Project was lying idle despite R3.5-billion being spent by government over a six-year period.

File: The government spent R3.5-billion over a six-year period for the Giyani Water Project that was initially estimated to cost R500-million.


GIYANI - The net is closing in on those involved in a R3,5-billion Limpopo water tender.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni described the Giyani Water Project as a "cesspool of corruption", saying that it was plagued by malfeasance.

The government spent R3,5-billion over a six-year period for a project that was initially estimated to cost R500-million.

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The Special Investigating Unit has been given permission to freeze the pension of former Lepelle Northern Water Board CEO, Phineas Legodi.

He resigned from the board a few weeks ago.

The state-owned utility is responsible for water supply to the Sekhukhune, Peter Mokaba, Vhembe and Mopani regions.

READ: Limpopo's poor forced to buy water 

The SIU is investigating a contract awarded to LTE Consulting.

It's already identified serious maladministration and malpractice, including failure to comply with PFMA.

Fifty-five villages were meant to get water through the project, which started in 2016, but the villages still have no water.


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