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Overview

Joe da Silva is an executive in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Department and a member of the Corporate Investigations Practice.

Joe has in excess of 23 years’ experience in the forensic investigation environment, particularly fraud, theft, corruption and compliance, in both the private and public sector. He articled with PWC and was then recruited by KPMG to help establish the first forensic investigative unit in South Africa in 1994. In 1997, he was part of a team that started Gobodo Forensics, the first South African majority black owned forensic accounting firm, where he was a director and shareholder for 13 years.

In 2010, he joined a global leader in assurance, consulting, strategy and transactions, and tax services’ forensic accounting division in Johannesburg, as a partner, and was responsible for developing their forensic accounting practices across Africa. Being English and Portuguese speaking, Joe was also responsible for their forensic practice in Mozambique.

He has travelled extensively in Africa conducting assignments in the following African countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Mauritius. Joe also has extensive experience in conducting Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance (ABAC) engagements in Africa.

Joe has been responsible for numerous high-level forensic accounting investigations in the public sector, particularly on behalf of various government departments, municipalities and parastatals. As a result, Joe has extensive experience in conducting investigations in terms of the PFMA, MFMA and other legislation governing organs of state.

Joe’s experience of 23+ years makes him level “Director/Partner” as per the AGSA fee structure.

Experience

Managed various investigations conducted for National Government Departments, Provincial Government Departments, Municipalities and Public Entities into fraud and corruption as well as contraventions of:

  • Public Finance Management Act;
  • Treasury Regulations;
  • Municipal Finance Management Act;
  • Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations;
  • Supply Chain Practice Notes;
  • Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act;
  • Public Service Act;
  • The Code of Conduct for Public Service; and
  • Client specific Supply Chain Management policies, procedures and processes.

The following are but a few of the investigations that Joe has recently been involved in which dealt with procurement irregularities in the public sector:

  • Municipal entity in Gauteng: Investigation into procurement irregularities involving the award of 10 contracts;
  • Municipal entity in Eastern Cape: Investigation into procurement irregularities involving the award of 8 contracts;
  • A Northern Cape provincial department: Investigation into tender irregularities;
  • A Free State provincial department: Investigation into procurement irregularities involving the award of 6 contracts;
  • A Gauteng provincial department: Numerous investigations conducted at various schools;
  • Municipal entity in Gauteng: Investigation into fraudulent cheques involving improper conduct by employees;
  • Parastatal: Numerous investigations into procurement irregularities; and
  • Office of the Premier of Gauteng: Investigation into procurement irregularities at two provincial departments.
  • Whilst a partner at Ernst and Young Joe was involved in an investigation on behalf of the Competition Commission into the Agricultural Sector.

Project management experience:

  • Successfully managed a project for two years at an Eastern Cape provincial department on behalf of the Auditor General. The project lasted two years and the department saved more than ZAR 1 billion a year after removing the identified illegally registered social grants;
  • Successfully managed an investigation at a Municipal entity in Eastern Cape into the irregular award of various contracts to service providers. The investigation took almost a year to complete;
  • Successfully managed an investigation at a Municipal entity in Gauteng into the irregular award of various contracts to service providers. The investigation took almost a year to complete;
  • Successfully managed a UK Bribery Act and FCPA compliance assignment for a multi-national financial institution in 10 different African countries. The assignment took 4 months to complete;
  • Successfully managed a UK Bribery Act and FCPA compliance assignment for a multi-national retail group in 9 different African countries. The assignment took 6 months to complete; and
  • Continuously manage large projects/ investigations for clients.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners consistently ranked Joe in Band 2 for Corporate Investigations for six consecutive years (2018 to 2023).

‘Joe da Silva is amazing to work with.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

‘Joe da Silva is dedicated to his work and ensures that the work is done professionally.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Qualifications

  • BCompt and BCompt Hons degrees from the University of South Africa.
  • Affiliate member of the South African Chapter of the ACFE.

Overview

Joe da Silva is an executive in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Department and a member of the Corporate Investigations Practice.

Joe has in excess of 23 years’ experience in the forensic investigation environment, particularly fraud, theft, corruption and compliance, in both the private and public sector. He articled with PWC and was then recruited by KPMG to help establish the first forensic investigative unit in South Africa in 1994. In 1997, he was part of a team that started Gobodo Forensics, the first South African majority black owned forensic accounting firm, where he was a director and shareholder for 13 years.

In 2010, he joined a global leader in assurance, consulting, strategy and transactions, and tax services’ forensic accounting division in Johannesburg, as a partner, and was responsible for developing their forensic accounting practices across Africa. Being English and Portuguese speaking, Joe was also responsible for their forensic practice in Mozambique.

He has travelled extensively in Africa conducting assignments in the following African countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Mauritius. Joe also has extensive experience in conducting Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance (ABAC) engagements in Africa.

Joe has been responsible for numerous high-level forensic accounting investigations in the public sector, particularly on behalf of various government departments, municipalities and parastatals. As a result, Joe has extensive experience in conducting investigations in terms of the PFMA, MFMA and other legislation governing organs of state.

Joe’s experience of 23+ years makes him level “Director/Partner” as per the AGSA fee structure.

Experience

Managed various investigations conducted for National Government Departments, Provincial Government Departments, Municipalities and Public Entities into fraud and corruption as well as contraventions of:

  • Public Finance Management Act;
  • Treasury Regulations;
  • Municipal Finance Management Act;
  • Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations;
  • Supply Chain Practice Notes;
  • Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act;
  • Public Service Act;
  • The Code of Conduct for Public Service; and
  • Client specific Supply Chain Management policies, procedures and processes.

The following are but a few of the investigations that Joe has recently been involved in which dealt with procurement irregularities in the public sector:

  • Municipal entity in Gauteng: Investigation into procurement irregularities involving the award of 10 contracts;
  • Municipal entity in Eastern Cape: Investigation into procurement irregularities involving the award of 8 contracts;
  • A Northern Cape provincial department: Investigation into tender irregularities;
  • A Free State provincial department: Investigation into procurement irregularities involving the award of 6 contracts;
  • A Gauteng provincial department: Numerous investigations conducted at various schools;
  • Municipal entity in Gauteng: Investigation into fraudulent cheques involving improper conduct by employees;
  • Parastatal: Numerous investigations into procurement irregularities; and
  • Office of the Premier of Gauteng: Investigation into procurement irregularities at two provincial departments.
  • Whilst a partner at Ernst and Young Joe was involved in an investigation on behalf of the Competition Commission into the Agricultural Sector.

Project management experience:

  • Successfully managed a project for two years at an Eastern Cape provincial department on behalf of the Auditor General. The project lasted two years and the department saved more than ZAR 1 billion a year after removing the identified illegally registered social grants;
  • Successfully managed an investigation at a Municipal entity in Eastern Cape into the irregular award of various contracts to service providers. The investigation took almost a year to complete;
  • Successfully managed an investigation at a Municipal entity in Gauteng into the irregular award of various contracts to service providers. The investigation took almost a year to complete;
  • Successfully managed a UK Bribery Act and FCPA compliance assignment for a multi-national financial institution in 10 different African countries. The assignment took 4 months to complete;
  • Successfully managed a UK Bribery Act and FCPA compliance assignment for a multi-national retail group in 9 different African countries. The assignment took 6 months to complete; and
  • Continuously manage large projects/ investigations for clients.

Awards

  • Chambers and Partners consistently ranked Joe in Band 2 for Corporate Investigations for six consecutive years (2018 to 2023).

‘Joe da Silva is amazing to work with.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

‘Joe da Silva is dedicated to his work and ensures that the work is done professionally.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2024

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