Hawks raid the Free State Department of Human Settlements

Hawks raid the Free State Department of Human Settlements
Hawks raid the Free State Department of Human Settlements

On 13 May 2024, the Bloemfontein based Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team, Priority Crime Specialised Investigation (PCSI) and Bloemfontein Tactical Response Team (TRT) conducted a search and seizure at the Department of Human Settlements following allegations of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

During April 2024, the Provincial Department of Human Settlements referred information for criminal investigation to the Hawks’ in relation to the Financial Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) where some officials were allegedly involved in fraudulent activities related to FLISP applications that were identified. This was after the Anti-corruption unit within the department conducted their internal investigation that resulted in the suspension of atleast one department official.

Necessary measures for a search to be conducted at the department of Human Settlements were put in place to search and seize all original documents needed for the investigation. The application was approved by the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on 9 May 2024. Documents and electronic devices were seized. The investigations into this matter are still ongoing.

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