Police to investigate possible fisheries corruption

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has handed its investigation into suspected financial and procurement irregularities,…

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maladministration, and corruption in the fisheries branch to the South African Police Service. Acting director general, Sipho Ntombela said the matter was out of their hands. “Once complete, the police will advise the department on appropriate action.” In March this year, DAFF initiated a forensic investigation into the award and multiple extensions of the vessel management function to a shipping management company.

Smit Amandla Marine has provided the vessel management function to government for the past decade. Ntombela said a critical stage had been reached. “The initial investigation was carried out by a reputable forensic firm that uncovered possible cases of corruption in the fisheries branch.”