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Ex-Mangaung mayor, wife acquitted

2012-10-18 17:11

Bloemfontein - Former Mangaung mayor Pappie Mokoena and his wife Granny were acquitted on fraud and other charges in the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Another accused, former Mangaung municipal manager Mojalefa Matlole, was also found not guilty on all charges he faced in the case.

The trial followed an investigation by the now-disbanded Scorpions into the Mangaung local municipality. This led to arrests in 2005.

Mokoena and 18 others faced a total of 259 charges, including theft, corruption and money laundering involving an estimated R130m.

Not all the accused faced all the charges.

High Court Judge A Kruger only acquitted Mokoena, his wife and Matlole on all charges they faced.

Other former senior officials, such as the former municipal speaker Zongezile Zumane, former business manager Mzwandile Silwana and Jakes Thithi, a political advisor, were found guilty on some charges related to fraud and money laundering.

Silwana's wife Brigitte, Evodia Kok (Zumane's personal assistant), Laetitia Hoffman (Mokoena's personal assistant), Buyelwa Khethelo, a businesswoman from Rocklands, and two Heidedal businessmen, Keabecoe and Kegomodicoe Lekone, were also found guilty on some charges related to fraud and money laundering. Sapa

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-18 17:33

    Typical. Their pension is set! This is the reason why corruption so rife! Where there is smoke there is fire. This fire was quockly put out!

  • SharonE - 2012-10-18 17:47

    It seems to be impossible to get a conviction, these corrupt politicians are slippery as eels! Just disproves the old adage: Crime does pay!!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-18 17:50

    Weldone to the judicial system and one for the clean guys. So some were found guilty but wheres all the money gone. Fire quickly put out? They were arrested in 2005. 7 yrs is not quick is it? Credit where credit is due.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-18 18:14

    Now how did the scorpions come so far as to take up this case in the first place ?Yet another example of wasted taxpayers money all around . a State in demise.

  • samgaf - 2012-10-18 18:29

    wonder how much they paid da judge

  • vic.swarts - 2012-10-18 18:30

    Stuff the criminal judges & politicians

  • hennie.vanderberg.5 - 2012-10-18 18:41

    oh eh eh !! and that from a white judge ? They must look into his Accounts ASAP !!

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-10-18 19:14

    it's mind boggling how BIG rollers always get off scot-free whilse small fries become collateral damage! First it was the Amigos. Talk about Animal Far!m

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-10-18 19:18

    it's mind boggling how high-rollers always get off scot-free whilse small fries become collateral damage! First it was the Amigos. All about Animal Farm state of affairs!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-19 11:07

    This is not so bad as 16 out of 19 people were found guilty. At least Justice is still working whoever you are. Mr Zuma might still have another few days in court in the future.

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