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Felony fees dangle over a authorities spin physician who allegedly tried to make use of funds from her employer, the crisis-stricken Housing Improvement Company (HDA), to pay for her marriage ceremony in December.

The company stated this week it will press legal fees towards its former communications supervisor, Zingaphi Martin (previously Matanzima), who resigned whereas her alleged fraudulent exercise was being investigated.

The HDA falls beneath the human settlements division and works with provinces and municipalities to offer social housing.

Martin resigned from the HDA in December whereas on suspension pending an investigation after allegations emerged that she used her delegated authority as a supervisor to authorise authorities funds to cowl a R43 300 shortfall on her marriage ceremony.

In December, the Mail & Guardian reported that monetary mismanagement on the HDA, which had an R11-million cash-flow deficit, led to calls for from the treasury for the return of greater than R2.Three-billion that was meant to be distributed to provinces for the supply of homes to the poor.

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As well as, due to allegations of irregularities and monetary mismanagement in addition to sex-for-jobs claims, 4 executives and the then chief govt, Pascal Moloi, had been suspended by the board.

Martin was so determined for a Bloemfontein guesthouse, Pepper Tree Venue and Guesthouse, to host her perform that she sought quotations straight from the venue after which had the citation forwarded to Atlantis Journey Group, the HDA’s journey company, which despatched it again to her for approval in order that cost may very well be made.

In correspondence between her and the HDA’s workers, Martin claimed human settlements communicators discussion board convention was to be held on the venue. However there was no deliberate convention, and the venue had already advised Atlantis that they might not settle for bookings for December 10, the date Martin wished for the alleged convention.

It may additionally not be established whether or not Martin declared that she was utilizing the venue for her marriage ceremony.
She married her beau, Mocumi Martin, on the venue on December 15 in a marriage to which 120 friends had been invited.

On Wednesday, Martin stated she and her husband had paid for their very own marriage ceremony and that she had proof to show this.

“I resigned from the HDA as acknowledged in my resignation letter as a result of adjustments in my private life circumstances,” she stated.

She didn’t reply to questions on allegations of her involvement within the convention, which is detailed in a collection of inner HDA emails that the M&G has seen.

The emails present how, on November 6, she initiated a requisition for the convention to be held on December 10 to herself (because the delegated authority), which was authorised by her and forwarded by HDA’s journey desk to Atlantis in lower than 30 minutes.

A day later Atlantis journey marketing consultant Pat Ntlamba responded, saying the venue was unavailable and asking whether or not he ought to procure one other venue.

This prompted Martin, who by then had secured the venue for her marriage ceremony and paid R47 900 in the direction of it, to reply: “Can they [Atlantis] simply enable me to name the venue and get again to them.
I known as round and spoke to the reservations individual there they stated they’re obtainable. Let [m]e simply comply with up.”

What she didn’t divulge to her subordinates or Atlantis is that, on November 6, earlier than submitting her requisition, she had already mailed the venue requesting a citation for the convention of 20 individuals with breakfast, a buffet lunch, tender drinks, a display projector and a PA system. No convention was deliberate and he or she had advised the venue the steadiness of what she owed on her marriage ceremony could be paid by Atlantis.

On November 20 she adopted up on her earlier e-mail to the venue, saying the occasion may very well be moved to the next 12 months, however she nonetheless required a quote and elevated the quantity to 40 individuals.

Gerda Harris of Pepper Tree Venue and Guesthouse responded on the afternoon of November 20 with a citation for R15 600 and Martin forwarded this internally — with the citation elevated to R44 200 — asking that it’s given to Atlantis for them both to pay or to ship again to her for approval.

Additional emails present Martin wished it signed off and paid inside three working days, saying the rationale Atlantis was advised there was no house was as a result of the proprietor didn’t belief the journey company. She wished the venue for the convention, she advised a colleague, as a result of it was near a social housing venture the division was going to go to at about the identical time.

HDA appearing chief govt Johan Minnie stated: “The HDA found a attainable fraudulent exercise and instantly suspended Ms Matanzima [Martin], which was adopted by a forensic investigation.

“Ms Matanzima resigned previous to the finalisation of the investigation report. The report has been finalised and the HDA might be beginning the legal fees in accordance with the PFMA [Public Finance Management Act]. All of the funds had been recovered from Ms Matanzima.”

The M&G understands that Martin was tripped up by an e-mail from Harris to Ntlamba, wherein she wrote: “I see that you’ve got made the voucher for a convention on the 10th December, for 40 individuals. For our bookkeeping I simply want the precise data for the voucher — It’s for 15th for a marriage for Zingaphi Matanzima.”

A supply stated Harris had been advised by Martin to anticipate the remaining R43 300 from a 3rd occasion, Atlantis. As soon as the invention was made, the HDA funds had been returned by the venue and Martin made the excellent cost for her marriage ceremony herself.

  • One other supply within the HDA advised the M&G this week that the investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse of workers members had been accomplished.

The report, he stated, had advisable motion towards three members of the company’s govt for sexual harassment of workers. It additionally advisable that Moloi be charged for negligence for failing to behave towards them.


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