Mayor, officials in court for allegedly taking double salaries

2014-09-04 08:57

The Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality mayor, speaker, and two other officials appeared in the Mahikeng Magistrates’ Court in the North West over a R300 000 fraud accusation, the Hawks said.

Spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said mayor Phaladi Audrey Saku (49) speaker Vincent Smanga Dila (39) ward councillor Keboneng Peddy Mokotong (55) and a manager in Saku’s office, Kgotlaetsile Piet Ramoabi (46), appeared in court yesterday.

They were arrested for fraud after they handed themselves over to the Hawks.

“They were notified about their arrest after the Mahikeng Magistrates’ Court had issued warrants for their arrest after a lengthy investigation involving R300 000 fraud,” he said.

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

They were granted bail of R5 000 each.

Saku was appointed executive mayor of the municipality in June 2011, and continued to receive a salary of R117 232 from June to December 2011 from her previous employer, the education department.

Ramaloko said Dila received R78 489 in salaries from June to December 2011 from the agriculture department, where he was employed before being appointed speaker.

Mokotong worked as a teacher and received R71 707 from June to August 2011 after she was also appointed as a full-time councillor at the same municipality in June 2011, he said.

Ramoabi received R40 038 from the education department.

The case was postponed to November 21.

“The provincial executive committee resolved to place Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality under administration with immediate effect,” spokesperson Ben Bole said.

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

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.

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