Social service offices searched as investigation into Samusocial continues


Brussels judicial authorities have confirmed that the offices of the Brussels social services (OCMW) have been searched in connection with the ongoing investigation into Samusocial.

The move comes as criminal proceedings get underway against the not for profit organisation, which helps homeless people around the city using donations from the general public. It emerged that members of the board of directors of Samusocial had been using money from the donations to pay themselves, including former Brussel Mayor Yvan Mayeur, who has since resigned as a result of the scandal.

Mr Mayeurs replacement, the incoming mayor Philippe Close, has announced that he intends to renounce his seat in the Brussels parliament as well as his presidency of the Brussels inter-communal association Vivaqua, so that the only wage he receives will be that of mayor. Speaking with broadcaster RTBF, Mr Close said that he hopes to  “help citizens to regain the trust that is lost.”