Fraud can’t be tolerated, says MEC, on North West officials’ arrests

2014-09-05 09:12

Community Safety MEC Gaoge Molapisi welcomed the arrests of the Ngaka Modiri Molema district mayor, speaker, and two other officials accused of R300 000 fraud.

“This situation is abnormal and cannot be tolerated,” said Molapisi yesterday.

“We will be everywhere and in every corner to deal with clandestine activities that are intended to take our province backwards, and encourage the communities to speak out.”

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said mayor Phaladi Audrey Saku, speaker Vincent Smanga Dila, ward councillor Keboneng Peddy Mokotong, and a manager in Saku’s office, Kgotlaetsile Piet Ramoabi, handed themselves over to the Hawks on Wednesday and appeared in the Mahikeng Magistrates’ Court on the same day.

“The suspects were accused of receiving double salaries after they had been appointed in their current positions,” he said

They were granted bail of R5 000 each and the case was postponed to November 21.

On Wednesday, the municipality was placed under administration, the provincial local government department said.

An administrator would be appointed to take over the municipality’s executive functions for 12 months. The municipality’s seat is Mahikeng.

The department’s spokesperson, Ben Bole, said the municipality had experienced governance and administrative problems since 2011. These include failure to address audit disclaimers for the years 2011 to 2013, the nonpayment of debt and service delivery issues.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said yesterday that the corrupt activities of public servants were not welcome in his administration.

“Corruption is stealing from the poor and deprives people from enjoying the fruits of our hard earned democracy,” said Mahumapelo.

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