Official alleges bullying in Mandela funeral case

2014-12-07 14:44
Nelson Mandela's funeral (File, AFP)

Nelson Mandela's funeral (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - A Buffalo City, Eastern Cape, municipality official accused of fraud involving Nelson Mandela's memorial service alleges she was bullied into signing forms, City Press reported on Sunday.

The information was revealed in documents handed to lawyers involved in the trial, which is expected to start in April.

Some officials involved in the alleged fraud have already appeared in the East London Magistrate's Court in June.

Acting director of support services at the municipality, Ondela Mahlangu, had sent a report to city manager Andile Fani in January detailing how colleagues allegedly pressured her into signing documents.

Mahlangu alleged the municipality's chief financial officer, Vincent Pillay, called her on 12 December last year and told her he had prepared a "deviation report" to procure transport for mourners from the area who wanted to attend memorial services for Mandela.

The report, a transcript of a discussion about Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha's request for R10m from the council, and several affidavits were handed to defence lawyers ahead of the trial.

Pillay allegedly told Mahlangu she had to sign a document and that the R10m approved by council had been injected into the directorate. Mahlangu apparently signed reluctantly.

In her report, Mahlangu said she got "urgent and instructive" calls from Pillay asking her to sign another form for the service provider who had been appointed. She said she refused because it was not clear if procurement processes had been followed.

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