A government official who allegedly stole files relating to the investigation of the controversial R1.3bn Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP), has returned the documents. A News24 report notes that City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, said the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements employee returned three documents and meeting attendance registers.

He did not name the official.

‘Our forensics unit is in possession of a recorded interview with this official in which he confirms that he had unlawfully procured a key for the locked office. In the recording, the official confirms having accessed the locked office. It is worth noting that this official was formerly employed by the City of Johannesburg within the ARP project,’ he said.

‘It was also established by the city that no permission was given for keys to be cut or for access to be granted to this official of the Gauteng provincial government.’

The mayor said it was outrageous that such an act had taken place.

Mashaba has asked the city's Group Forensic Investigation Services, headed by General Shadrack Sibiya, to lay criminal charges against the official.

‘I have also written to Premier David Makhura, not only notifying him of this new development, but also requesting an update on promised action from MEC Maile in respect of his investigation into the matter,’ he said.

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