Kokstad: councillor in alleged shebeens ploy

2010-12-21 00:00

A GREATER Kokstad Municipality councillor may be in hot water following allegations of misusing municipal resources to interfere with a police drive to crack down on illegal shebeens.

The councillor, whose name is known to The Witness, is said to be writing letters — using municipal letterheads — vouching that the illegal shebeen owners are in the process of obtaining licences from the council.

This is seen as a ploy by the councillor and shebeen owners to prevent the closure of the illegal shebeens by police.

The Witness is in possession of a letter allegedly written by the councillor.

More than 200 illegal shebeens have been closed down in Kokstad in recent weeks.

Cluster commander Brigadier Moris Moodley confirmed that he is aware of the letter, but said the police will continue to clamp down on illegal shebeens, with or without a letter.

The Witness has established that the councillor’s actions would be tantamount to fraud, but this would depend on a decision made by a prosecutor.

Attempts to get comment from the councillor were unsuccessful.

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