President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorized the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to investigate serious irregularities in several municipalities and government departments.

The national Department of Public Works‚ the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport and the two Eastern Cape metro municipalities – Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City – are among those under investigation.

Ramaphosa signed the broad range of proclamations in Pretoria.

The SIU will among others investigate the procurement of goods and or services in a manner that was not fair, competitive, transparent, equitable or cost-effective contrary to the applicable legal framework.

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip has welcomed the announcement of a series of investigations by the Special Investigative Unit into municipalities including the Nelson Mandela Metro.

Trollip says R8.8 billion of irregular expenditure, as noted by the Auditor General this week, must be the focus of the investigation.

He says it was spent by previous administrations who failed to preserve relevant documentation.

Trollip says the SIU must carry out its mandate and support the coalition government to clean up years of maladministration.

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