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323 Municipal workers facing disciplinary action for overtime fraud

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323 employees of the Merafong City Municipality were found by a forensic investigation initiated by the municipality to be involved in the overtime fraud saga.

Nearly a quarter of the employees at the Municipality on the far West Rand are facing possible disciplinary action for making fraudulent overtime pay claims.

The widespread overtime abuse has resulted in the financially constrained municipality to overspend its overtime budget by more than R2 million. It budget was R9.897 million for the 2016/17 financial year, but it has already spent a whopping R12.278 million as at the end of January 2017.

Municipal spokesperson Chris Spies confirmed to The Citizen that 323 employees were found by a forensic investigation initiated by the municipality to be involved in the overtime fraud saga. Spies said the forensic report and its recommendations on further actions were submitted to and adopted by a full council.

He was responding to a claim by DA Constituency head Ina Cilliers, who said that despite Merafong having a strict overtime policy in place, stipulating that employees may not work more than three hours overtime a day or 10 hours a week, the workers still racked up huge sums in overtime compensation. Cilliers also said the forensic report had been quietly swept under the carpet by the council…

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