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Lekota accused of corruption

2012-02-05 09:33

Johannesburg - A fraud case has been opened against Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, days after he suspended party treasurer Hilda Ndude for alleged financial mismanagement, the Sunday Times reported.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed a case of fraud had been opened.

Congress of the People Western Cape leader Mbulelo Ncedana laid the complaint on Friday, accusing Lekota of corruption and mismanagement.

Lekota was unaware of the case and disputed the allegations.

"The claim is nonsense. When a criminal tricks you, does that make you a criminal?" he was quoted as saying.

Ncedana said while it might be true that Ndude had mismanaged funds, she did so with Lekota, who "was signatory to the very accounts which were mismanaged," reported the newspaper.

Finances

The funds in question, according to Ncedana, were given to the party from the Independent Electoral Commission.

The newspaper reported that the allegations against Lekota were made after the party's provincial branch scrutinised Cope's finances following Ndude's suspension.

According to documents Lekota:

- Co-signed a payment of R300 000 into Ndude's personal credit card account in April 2011,

- Had a petrol card with between R5 000 and R13 000 in monthly bills which the party never authorised,

- Received more than R100 000 via transfers from Cope's head office to his personal accounts between May 2010 and December 2011.

Ndude declined to comment when contacted, reported the Sunday Times.

Lekota denied any wrongdoing and defended his expulsion of Ndude. He said Ndude was reported after she had "tricked" both himself and co-signatory Deidre Carter into approving the transfers, into accounts of Ndude's relatives.

Cope spokesperson Buks Mahlangu said the party would deal with the matter if evidence of wrongdoing was presented against Lekota.

Comments
  • Phill - 2012-02-05 09:51

    Well there you are Mr Lekota. We thought you were an angel. Now Mbhazima is vindicated. And we also want you to pay back the money you co-spent with the IFP in pursuing a useless case about Dalai Lama. But I have a solution dear unelected president Lekota: Let's forget about all these fights and accusations and organise an elective conference that will legitimise both our organisation (COPE) and its leadership. We will then start afresh to rebuild COPE and any wrongdoing thereafter will be dealt with by legitimate structures.I know you don't feel the pain that we on the ground feel because your salary is paid every month while we, the real owners of the party who desire no salary but the party's well being, continue to be ridiculed because of you so called leadership.

      Thabo - 2012-02-05 11:05

      Our country's great hope into the future being raped by the same bunch of so called greedy freedom fighters. This is why us young lions need to step up to the plate now and take on our future. All of these old people are corrupt.

      Wayne - 2012-02-05 11:50

      Well said Phill, In the interim resign the ill begotten post , so that others can begin to build. May the NWC institute a urgent interdict to evict you, in the interim pending the outcome of a complete investigation, into amongst others your illegal dealings with Zille.

  • Silvana - 2012-02-05 10:07

    LOL Different party, same game.

  • Chabi - 2012-02-05 11:36

    if you cannot see that you are signing off party funds into a private Credit Card Account, then you cannot be a Party Head or State Head.. finnish & Klaar.

      Albert - 2012-02-05 11:56

      what was he paying her for?

  • Wayne - 2012-02-05 12:17

    Chickens coming home to roost, I foresee tears ahead.

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-02-05 12:39

    That now is the best example of DEXTERrity one can imagine to stumble across (and back again)

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-05 13:49

    Why, not you too? I voted for your party in the last elections, hoping this would be a black party with a difference.( no corruption).Looks like one really needs to vote for the party that has show ability to run a province with success....and no corruption. There is only one at the moment...DA..DA...DA

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-05 19:01

      What a waste of energy/

  • idille.borchers - 2012-02-05 15:55

    Wait for proof of the allegations before you start passing judgement.

      Phill - 2012-02-05 19:46

      Idille, there is no need to wait. The man confessed that he 'was tricked' into singing. What did he think he was signing for? Unless he could prove that he was foolish enough to sign a blank cheque. Dear Mbhazima come anf rescue COPE.

  • Dan - 2012-02-05 19:58

    My offer still stands !!!!1 Show me a honest black man in africa , just ONE oohh and deceased ones don't count

  • Marshall - 2012-02-05 21:59

    the beginning of the end....

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