Ex-Oudtshoorn municipal manager guilty of wasteful expenditure

2016-12-23 18:17
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Cape Town - Former Oudtshoorn municipal manager Noel Pietersen has been found guilty of charges relating to about R2m worth of wasteful expenditure at the struggling municipality, the Hawks said on Friday.

This follows an investigation by the serious commercial crime unit into allegations that he had abused his position.

Pietersen faced five charges under the Municipal Finance Management Act after his arrest in August 2013.

The 60-year-old is due to be sentenced in the George Magistrate's Court on March 30 2017.

"It is alleged that from October 2010 to June 2011, Pietersen misused his authority by arbitrarily authorising wasteful expenditure in favour of IBR Consultants, an entity he was allegedly linked to [and which] was appointed under suspicious circumstances, without following due supply chain management procedures," provincial Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said on Friday.

Political infighting

He said Hawks head Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza was pleased about the case's conclusion.

"If corruption is left unchecked, it is capable of eroding good governance in the country, thereby rendering our hard earned democracy ineffectual and depriving people on the ground of the most basic of services," said Ntlemeza.

"This is only the beginning. We're buoyed by this ruling and we shall continue to discharge our mandate with assurance and vigour."

The municipality in Oudtshoorn, an area famous for its ostrich farming, has been rocked by political infighting and claims of maladministration.

It was placed under administration in July 2015 and in the August 2016 local government elections the DA ousted the ANC.

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