In an effort to speed up its crackdown on corrupt officials, the Road Accident Fund will limit the time it takes for suspended employees to appear before disciplinary committees.

In an effort to speed up its crackdown on corrupt officials, the Road Accident Fund will limit the time it takes for suspended employees to appear before disciplinary committees.

According to reports, the move was intended to fast track the processing of cases of employees who, in some cases, have been suspended for longer than six months.

CARtoday.com reported last year that the Road Accident Fund had helped the Scorpions to arrest a number of attorneys for defrauding it, but appeared to have had far less success in investigating fraud by its own employees.

At the time, the Fund’s internal investigations had been detrimentally affected by the suspension of its senior forensic manager, Dennis Beea, after allegations of corruption.

Of the fund's officials who were suspended, only the case of Beea has since been concluded. Beea was acquitted on corruption charges and will be reinstated, reported.

Last week, the fund suspended three employees in the information and communication technology department for allegedly making certain changes to data relating to claims.

It was expected that if evidence of wrongdoing was confirmed the suspended staff members would face disciplinary hearings within a month, said fund spokesman Themba Mhambi.

"Our approach is that we will suspend employees after knowing that our investigations into their alleged wrongdoing are almost complete. We want to shorten the process," Mhambi added.

Still to be finalised were the cases involving suspended chief information officer Sello Mokale, chief financial officer Duncan Ferguson and training manager in information and communications technology Dan Mokgwetsi.

Mokale was suspended in connection with allegations of corruption. Mhambi said allegations of misdemeanours in connection with procurement and contracts in the Fund's information and communications technology department were also being investigated.

Original article from Car