Fraud, corruption charges against Seanego dropped

2015-02-19 14:26

The manager of Mpumalanga’s capital city is now a free man after charges relating to the employment of 30 ANC cadres were struck off the roll.

Mbombela city municipal manager, Noko Seanego, today appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court where the case was dismissed because the police had not completed their investigation.

Seanego initially appeared in the absence of his lawyer, Coert Jordan, and the case was postponed to March 19 for further police investigation, but then Jordan later came to court and insisted that the matter sit again.

The court struck it off the roll because police had not investigated it.

Jordan said: “The prosecutor took the matter to court without an investigation being done. I insisted I should be there when it was discussed and the court struck it off the roll because the matter was taken to court without the investigation.”

Seanego faced fraud and corruption charges after he had allegedly violated laws and procedures when he employed 30 law enforcement officers last October.

Seanego was corporate services director at that time. He allegedly brought in several candidates who were never shortlisted for interviews and gave instructions for some to be given favourable scores even though they had not attended interviews.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union lodged complaints about this irregularity, but the municipality responded by suspending Samwu shopsteward, Thokozani Mhlongo, from his job as a traffic officer.

Seanego allegedly renamed the positions “specialised security officers” in order to circumvent the vetting of cadres who might have criminal records.

Ten of the candidates were called to collect their employment contracts but when they arrived at the Mbombela city offices, Seanego allegedly told them to accept jobs as security officers instead.

Seanego was caught on audio and video while he was allegedly doing the infractions.

Mpumalanga Economic Freedom Fighters provincial command team member Cyril Chuene, who laid the charges against Seanego, said he was surprised by the court’s decision.

“We won’t rest until justice is done. We will go back to the National Prosecuting Authority to demand answers because all the evidence such as recordings and documents was provided,” Chuene said.

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