Former Mangaung mayor acquitted

2012-10-18 14:21

Mangaung’s former executive mayor, his wife and the municipality’s former manager have been acquitted of a string of charges in the Free State High Court.

Papi Mokoena and his wife Granny, and former municipal manager Mojalefa Matlole were arrested in 2005 in one of the biggest corruption cases ever seen in the province.

They and 17 others faced 259 charges, among them theft and money laundering involving an estimated R130 million.

Judge A Kruger acquitted the Mokoenas and Matlole on all the charges they faced.

The other accused, among them senior provincial government officials, personal assistants and two businessmen were found guilty of money laundering and fraud.

Those convicted are to due to be sentenced from Monday.

A very emotional Mokoena said it had been a tough seven years for him and his family.

Mokoena said it became clear during the trial that the charges against him were politically motivated.

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