MECs face pre-trial

2018-02-21 06:02
Dr Benny Malakoane and Mathabo Leeto.Photo: Teboho Setena

Dr Benny Malakoane and Mathabo Leeto.Photo: Teboho Setena

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The corruption case regarding alleged tender fraud in which two Free State MECs, five other people and a company are charged, will be heard on 2 March.

The MECs are Mathabo Leeto, the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, and Dr Benny Malakoane, MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. Another accused is Dr Limakatso Moorosi, chief executive officer of Bloem Water. The names of the other accused will be released at a later stage.

Leeto and Moorosi briefly appeared in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Friday (16/02), facing charges of fraud and corruption.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, the Hawks’ provincial spokesperson, said Leeto and Moorosi were released on warning and were expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court on 2 March for a pre-trial.

The charges are linked to alleged irregularities in a 2009 tender worth R15 million. Leeto was mayor of the cash-strapped Matjhabeng Local Municipality at the time, while Moorosi was the chief financial officer and Malakoane the municipal manager.

In 2009 Leeto and Moorosi were allegedly awarded a tender of R15 million to procure photocopy machines, install telephone systems and CCTV cameras for the municipality without following tender processes. They also allegedly received kickbacks from the company.

“Leeto was arrested before on this matter and the case was withdrawn after her lawyers made a presentation.

“The charges were reinsta­ted after extensive investigations. Leeto and Moorosi handed themselves over to the Hawks in Bloemfontein on Thursday (15/02),” said Nyakane.

The alleged corruption, fraud and money laundering of some R20 million was apparently committed from 2007 to 2009 in Matjha­beng.

Large amounts of money ostensibly exchanged hands and the accused reportedly face more than 200 charges.

In 2013, Vista, a sister newspaper of Express, reported that Leeto was arrested on charges of fraud relating to an alleged R13 million tender awarded to Gester, a telecommunication company.


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