Film office shuts down amid investigation

Internal audit team seizes documents, files, computers

JOHANNESBURG — The Cape Town Film Office has been closed and six of its staff members suspended as part of an investigation into “alleged irregularities” in the issuing of permits to shoot in the city, a popular location for international shoots for commercials, musicvideos and films.

The Cape Town City Council has been conducting an internal investigation for several weeks after becoming aware of problems in the permit office, and its internal audit team moved in swiftly March 20 to close the office down and seize documents, files and computers.

The Cape Film Commission (CFC), a Section 21 company funded by the Cape Town City Council and the provincial government, will be handling the issuing of permits for the next three months while investigations continue.

The City Council would not reveal the nature of the alleged irregularities, but according to industry sources, it involves the issuing of fake permits from a “shadow office.”

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