Manager accused of theft gets bonus

2012-12-19 11:30

Mbombela - The manager of the Ehlanzeni district municipality received a R140 000 performance bonus, despite the public protector finding he should be charged with theft.

"For three consecutive years the municipal manager received clean audits, council gave the bonus based on that," the municipality's spokesperson Lucky Ngomane said on Wednesday.

He was responding to a report in Beeld that Hugh Mbatha received a "productivity bonus" despite a recommendation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela two weeks ago that criminal charges be laid against him for theft.

Ngomane said the council took a decision at last week's meeting to give Mbatha a bonus.

"And this was a closed session. I don't know how Beeld got that information."

He said Madonsela's report was forwarded to the municipal public accounts committee for advice.

"As far as I know there are no criminal charges. If there are allegations, allegations are going to be allegations until they are proven otherwise," Ngomane said.

Study tour

Madonsela found Mbatha had allegedly stolen R120 000 from the municipality. This was the amount of money left over after Mbatha, three council members, and two other municipal officials went on a study tour to Italy in 2008.

Madonsela found that during the tour Mbatha ordered the municipality to transfer R165 000 into the credit card account of one of the travelling officials, apparently because the group "did not like the Italian food".

After they returned, the remaining R120 000 was allegedly withdrawn from the account, and Mbatha allegedly gave R20 000 to each member of the group.

The recipients were reportedly Mbatha, previous mayor Constance Mkhonto, current mayor Letta Shongwe, former council member Jimmy Sithole, former community services manager Ernest Moukangwe, and deputy international relations manager Roy Makwakwa.

  • philip.buys.1 - 2012-12-19 11:39

    A modern Robin Crook. Steal from the poor, to give to the wealthy.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-12-19 12:00

      Show respect! This guy could be our future president.....

      nicholas.graan - 2012-12-19 12:08

      Viva! we did not "struggle" to be poor ..

      celtis.africana - 2012-12-19 12:09

      Look, there are some things you need to understand. In the ANC country the rule is that what happens in the ANC stay in the ANC. These people are just in training and will form the backbone of the future government led by the no 1 corruption official. The Mango conference in Bloem is just a glorified ANC Christmas party in case you didn’t know.

      Jason - 2012-12-19 12:13

      This is exactly why this bunch voted for Zuma again, because under Zuma they can get away with this nonsense.

      BulletProof. - 2012-12-19 12:29

      "And this was a closed session. I don't know how Beeld got that information." Why the information shouldn't be disclosed to the plublic, is not our tax moneys? We have the right to know. Jail all of them.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-19 12:32

      Or keep it for yourself.

      lucy.bush.9231 - 2012-12-19 13:10

      They are so funny, but not in a funny way...

  • warren.rodel - 2012-12-19 11:39

    Another ANC Thief!

      Mike - 2012-12-19 12:24

      yup. this is the cANCer.

  • kalabafazi - 2012-12-19 11:40

    We all know the anc rewards criminality. That's why there is so much of it going about. Its the way to "move up the ladder". When you have stolen millions you get to run for President. Sometimes I really wish the extreme right wingers would just get it right sometimes and not always get bust with mortars in their pockets.

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-12-19 11:44


  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-12-19 11:46

    Ja ne! Im starting to think its true..we need to start dancing to their tune.If you can not beat em join em!

      rontheogre - 2012-12-19 12:50

      The ANC runs South Africa like a pyramid scheme. For those that get in early the payoff is astronomical, but for us and the common voter that wake up late there are only losses, our taxes that get gobbled up, with no hope of getting in on the deal and no recovery of our monies.

  • om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-12-19 11:48

    Seriously, is anyone surprised? I'm not.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-19 11:49

    HowTF can something like this happen?

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-12-19 11:50

    Choo Choo.... The Gravy Train Express.......

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-19 11:58

      Yar, and tax free prob.

  • andremandela.julias - 2012-12-19 11:51

    Clearly handpicked by uber thief Zuma. Comrades you will forever struggle, the wheel turns.........

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-12-19 11:53


  • johnny.august.31 - 2012-12-19 11:53

    As far as i know most SOUTH AFRICANS in this country eat or like Italian food more than any other foreign kind of food .We eat PIZZA more than the ITALIANS THEMSELVES and even if they were in ITALY what kind of food would they expect to find in Italy ,PAP N WORS ,SKOP ,MASONJA No guys stop fooling us u knew from the beginning what were ur intensions

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-12-19 12:24

      and what 'business'were they doing there in the first place ? Seems our local government officials love to travel - anywhere, anyhow [ first class] and for any reason on OPM [ other peoples money ]!

  • thethird.wors - 2012-12-19 11:54

    hahahahahahahahahahahahah.................**** ME these people are shameless... WITH OUR MONEY.

  • Dereck - 2012-12-19 11:56

    Who is going to stop them? Check out todays beeld then you can see how the comrades roll

  • Benjamin - 2012-12-19 11:56

    Following your leader

  • damonsb - 2012-12-19 11:56

    go ahead, take the bread off our table, remove us from our jobs, steal our belongings , do what comes naturally ,I don’t care

  • gerhard.bacharach - 2012-12-19 11:57

    And R140 000 could have given how many dirt-poor people in Ehlanzeni a decent meal this Christmas?

      marc.ross.965 - 2012-12-19 12:18

      Gerhard well said. However the dirt poor in Ehlanzeni keep voting these thieves into power. So I wont lose any sleep about what they eat for Chistmas. I used to care, but not any more. I pay my taxes and the government spends it. But of course the dirt poor in Ehlanzeni see me as the enemy and the ANC as their saviour. Merry Christmas all.

      gerhard.bacharach - 2012-12-19 13:13

      Spot on Marc. That`s the way it will remain for as long as the ANC is in power, because the only way for them to retain their power base is to keep the majority of their voters poor and uneducated.

      vicki.malatse - 2012-12-19 16:34

      True that Mark,I'll drink to that

  • Blackpoison - 2012-12-19 11:58

    This happens so frequently now that it's not even something to raise an eyebrow about anymore.

  • Vaughan - 2012-12-19 12:00

    Well done ANC cadre, for enriching yourself we'll give you a performance bonus and if get really good at it, you might become the president one day...

  • dominique.wood.14 - 2012-12-19 12:01

    Total disregard for the public protector's findings. So much so, that the criminal even gets rewarded. It seems that those who have our best interests at heart and those who hold power will never be in accord. Sad.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-12-19 12:02

    Ao banna wt a disgrace imagine.

  • harley.mills.129 - 2012-12-19 12:03

    f'king thieves, all of them!

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-12-19 12:05

    Lol only in South Africa...the more u steal the more u get

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-12-19 12:07

    The good news is that at least they have been caught out. Both the ANC and the council still have to follow due process to bring them to book. The bad news which goes without saying is that the entire council were not even bothered enough by these criminal actions to consider not paying a bonus. Easy enough to spend tax payers money. Would love to see how these low lifes would handle the situation if it was their money, ie.they were owners of a business, and an employee did the same thing.

      tyrone.jacoby - 2012-12-19 12:40

      Uhm, you really think they will be brought to book??? In their culture the only think he will be found guilty of is being caught and not for the actual theft.

  • cindy.kleyn.1 - 2012-12-19 12:09

    And you surprised why?????????

  • asdhasgd - 2012-12-19 12:11

    How is this any different to wat the ANC is doing??

  • Mvuselelo Mnguni - 2012-12-19 12:12

    For how long these thieves are going to do this,its sad there is no other political party to vote for!!

      warren.rodel - 2012-12-19 12:23

      There is the DA, IFP, etc

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-12-19 12:17

    I'm not even surprised, its just another acceptable deed within the ANC.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-19 12:19

    Thats cadre deployment and that is what happens in the ANC if you're corrupt,you get rewarded.

  • Papiki Hlahane - 2012-12-19 12:20

    and so it goes on and on and on and on.shame anc may find hell freezing cold*idiots your day is coming*

  • docnoo.boddy - 2012-12-19 12:21

    Comeraid Zuma has just been rewarded for being an outstanding thief, no reason the rest of the comeraids cant join the party.

  • greg.govender.31 - 2012-12-19 12:25

    outsource the entire municipality function to a big blue chip company with internal and external audits on everything.Then the demand of being the market leader in whatever it is you a Bidvest company as an example, and watch service delivery change for the better in this country

  • Bertverlinde - 2012-12-19 12:26

    Welcome to South Africa.

  • roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-19 12:26

    U CAN GET A CURE FOR cANCer...but at the end they always come back..

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-12-19 12:26

    BEEs are greedy manipulative idiots.

  • Kumkani Soketse - 2012-12-19 12:28

    the manager is accused of theft, not found guilty of theft. if he has performed according to the rules of the performance scheme he deserve to be paid his bonus. allegations of theft are a separate matter to be dealt through a disciplinary hearing to determine whether or not the allegations are true

      Erna - 2012-12-19 12:46

      Your justification stinks. He was found guilty by the public protector which is good enough for me. He should be fired if guilty not rewarded. Its because you anc comrades stick together that things like this are often not exposed, and you can always justify your corrupt actions.

      Kumkani Soketse - 2012-12-19 13:04

      @erna, the public protector recommended that criminal charges be layed against the alleged offender of enquiry. these are therefore allegations still to be proved. test used at dc hearing will be the balance of probability and the one used by criminal court will be beyond the shadow of doubt. so he is not yet found guilty by either of the two processes mentioned.

      be.els.33 - 2012-12-19 13:15

      Problem is, Kumkami, the government has decided to ignore Madosela's recommendation and not lay charges.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2012-12-19 22:43

      And maybe his bonus should have been held back until he was charged and found innocent. But that's not the ANC way, is it?

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-12-19 12:28

    A country run by thieves, for thieves!!!

  • alican.francem - 2012-12-19 12:29

    Give us this day our daily bread

  • jcat24 - 2012-12-19 12:30

    Hey now that etolls have been given the go ahead next years bonus will most likely be more , seems government staff are getting better salaries and perks than private sector staff , but are they really earning it(to be fair there must be a few that do )?? Soon business and the average consumers won't be able to afford to keep the government without going bankrupt and the whole system collapsing , just my opinion.

  • bella.marx.5 - 2012-12-19 12:32

    And the story continues....! What's new? Just for what it's worth - Yet another ANC ruled municipality...

  • foxiloxi - 2012-12-19 12:33

    I am surprised this made the news??? This is standard practice to reward incompetence and theft a la Zuma??

  • Erna - 2012-12-19 12:36

    I ask, literally, with tears in my eyes - how are they allowed to get away with it? He stole R120 000 from the municipality!

  • tyrone.jacoby - 2012-12-19 12:36

    and this is closed information he says?? not sure how Beeld got it?? unbelievable how they are robbing this country to it's knees and of course it should be kept under wraps. why on earth would they want to show the world how they as a people are stealing a country dry.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-19 12:39

    He is a presidential material. When are the Zuma supporters going to vote him into the union buildings? Humphrey Memezi got cheers while they voted him to the NEC position after he was fired last month for theft of public funds

  • graham.katz - 2012-12-19 12:41

    And all they are worried about is "And this was a closed session. I don't know how Beeld got that information." So the moral is to keep on doing things wrong but make sure you do not get caught!!!!! Pathetic

  • Justin - 2012-12-19 12:42

    What's more shocking than the theft, is the stupidity of his bosses and council. Even if he has not had criminal charges laid against him yet, the questionalable beahvior should result in a suspension of discretionary payments until the disciplinary process has played out but that is why SA is toast - Most in govt, incl bosses, don't know how to run anything themselves. It's all fked - just look at the state of the military (poor horses).

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-19 12:43

    What was it Zuma said about corruption yesterday?.

  • johan.kruger.39 - 2012-12-19 12:48

    I often wonder what other countries must think of the New South Africa?? I suppose they just shake their heads in disbelief.

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-12-19 12:49

    "For three consecutive years the municipal manager received clean audits, council gave the bonus based on that," the municipality's spokesperson Lucky Ngomane said on Wednesday. You have got to be sh**ing me! The crime was committed in 2008. He steals R120 000 and then gets a R140 000 bonus (performance nogal)! So if I am dishonest I get rewarded for it?

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-19 12:52

    patrick.buckley.712 JUST LOVE UR SENSE OF HUMOUR - this guy was tought by Zuma how to steal - I beleive a lot of people has signed up for the lessons!!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-19 12:54

    Ok so if I do well this year I qualify for a bonus if I start stealing in years to come:) we need school, sadly most of them are closing down.