The mayor, the municipal boss and their 29 bodyguards

2014-02-23 10:00

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

A municipal manager in Limpopo says he had no choice but to hire two bodyguards with taxpayers’ money – because he felt threatened by the mayor’s “27 bodyguards”.

The battle between Mogalakwena mayor Tlhalefi Mashamaite and municipal manager William Kekana features in a report by forensic auditors KPMG, which is due to be tabled before council soon.

Kekana told City Press the council felt his life was in danger after Mashamaite’s bodyguards prevented him from entering the municipal offices last year.

“Council said I must then acquire security to make sure I was not prevented from going to work.”

Kekana was on special leave at the time after issues had been raised about his contract. He insists he was sidelined because he was asking tough questions about corruption and mismanagement.

After he got two bodyguards, he claimed, Mashamaite increased his personal security.

“We were faced with a life threatening situation. There was a time my two bodyguards were confronted by 27 of mayor’s bodyguards, some of them in black suits and armed with semi-automatic rifles. It was really bad,” Kekana said.

Kekana said he still had two bodyguards and that the mayor had reduced his guards.

Personal protection may be the least of Mashamaite’s worries when the KPMG report is tabled.

In the report, it is revealed that Mashamaite allegedly spent more than R1?million on his personal guards.

It is also alleged by the auditors that during the three months Kekana was on special leave, Mashamaite ordered 12?000 T-shirts in four separate orders – at a cost of R838?000 – without following proper procedures.

The T-shirts were to be handed out at “outreach gatherings” hosted by the mayor, and were ordered despite an order by Treasury that public money not be spent on non-essentials – including T-shirts.

Mogalakwena took a resolution in May last year to follow Treasury’s instructions, saying there should be “no printing and procuring of paraphernalia like caps and T-shirts”.

Mashamaite ordered the first batch of T-shirts, KPMG found, for an event in August last year.

Mashamaite refused to speak to the City Press, citing legalities around the report because it had not yet been tabled.

In the report, it is recommended that criminal charges be laid for all cases of unauthorised and wasteful expenditure.

Mashamaite is already in trouble with the law: police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said the mayor was being investigated on fraud charges by the commercial crimes unit.

Limpopo’s cooperative governance and human settlements spokesperson Motupa Selomo said their position was that “whoever is guilty must face consequences”.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.