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Justice to institute an investigation on Master’s Offices

In an ongoing effort to fight fraud and corruption, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will undertake a full investigation in the maladministration of affairs in the Guardian’s Fund in KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg) and the Gauteng (Pretoria) Masters of the High Court. Honourable President Jacob Zuma signed the proclamation on 08 September 2012 that such allegations should be thoroughly investigated and justifiable actions be instituted accordingly.

This investigation follows the launch of a departmental campaign against fraud and corruption in Pietermaritzburg in November 2010. At the time, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, indicated that the launch was a “symbol of commitment and an indication of efforts and strategies that the department is putting in place to root out corruption among its members.”

This process is expected to commence on the week of the 26th of November.  The investigating team comprises of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Commercial Crimes Unit (CCU) and the South African Police Services (SAPS) which will investigate matters that took place between 01 January 2001 and 08 September 2012.

The investigation team will look at the following:

The investigation is currently in the planning phase where about 80 cases and 20 enquiries (with criminal implications) will be investigated. The completion date for the investigation will be communicated in due course.