Grants-for-sex exposed

2013-01-26 00:00

RATHER than face disciplinary action, an employee of the Umtshezi Municipality caught in a sex-for-grants scheme resigned from his job yesterday.

The man and a young woman were allegedly caught in flagrante delicto when an official alerted to the situation burst into the man’s office last week.

Municipal manager Nonhlanhla Njoko and Mayor Bongani Dlamini both denied any knowledge of the matter.

“I have not been informed of any such incident,” said Njoko.

However, Weekend Witness confirmed the incident with three sources, including one from the district municipality which incorporates Umtshezi. None would consent to being named.

They said the man and a young woman from the area were caught in the act by a senior municipal manager after being alerted by other staff.

A source in the municipality, who is not allowed to speak to the media, said the man was in charge of disbursing funds for a certain project undertaken by the Umtshezi council.

In terms of the project, amounts of about R3 000 are given to people who meet certain criteria.

It is alleged the man had on various occasions asked for and received sex from young women who applied to benefit from the project.

“This is not the first time he has done this. This time around, while he was busy with the girl, the staff there heard what was going on and they informed a manager that it was happening [they were having sex] at the ‘sex office’ as that office is now known.”

“These young girls come here [for help], only for them to be sexually exploited. It’s not even a big amount [that is disbursed by the council].”

“This happened in the most senior office in the area. It is the same as if the municipality has slept with this girl.”

Another senior official at the municipality confirmed that the official had been caught out.

“He was caught in a compromising position with a [young woman] by a municipal official.”

The sources said the man resigned from his job yesterday, before disciplinary action could be taken against him.

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