Manager accused of theft gets bonus

2012-12-19 11:30
(Picture: <a href=\\\\\\\\http://www.shutterstock.com\\\\\\\\>Shutterstock</a> )

(Picture: Shutterstock )

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - The manager of the Ehlanzeni district municipality received a R140 000 performance bonus, despite the public protector finding he should be charged with theft.

"For three consecutive years the municipal manager received clean audits, council gave the bonus based on that," the municipality's spokesperson Lucky Ngomane said on Wednesday.

He was responding to a report in Beeld that Hugh Mbatha received a "productivity bonus" despite a recommendation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela two weeks ago that criminal charges be laid against him for theft.

Ngomane said the council took a decision at last week's meeting to give Mbatha a bonus.

"And this was a closed session. I don't know how Beeld got that information."

He said Madonsela's report was forwarded to the municipal public accounts committee for advice.

"As far as I know there are no criminal charges. If there are allegations, allegations are going to be allegations until they are proven otherwise," Ngomane said.

Study tour

Madonsela found Mbatha had allegedly stolen R120 000 from the municipality. This was the amount of money left over after Mbatha, three council members, and two other municipal officials went on a study tour to Italy in 2008.

Madonsela found that during the tour Mbatha ordered the municipality to transfer R165 000 into the credit card account of one of the travelling officials, apparently because the group "did not like the Italian food".

After they returned, the remaining R120 000 was allegedly withdrawn from the account, and Mbatha allegedly gave R20 000 to each member of the group.

The recipients were reportedly Mbatha, previous mayor Constance Mkhonto, current mayor Letta Shongwe, former council member Jimmy Sithole, former community services manager Ernest Moukangwe, and deputy international relations manager Roy Makwakwa.

- SAPA
Read more on:    hugh mbatha  |  mbombela  |  local government
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
102 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.