Manager misused funds: Madonsela

2012-11-26 21:15

Pretoria - Mpumalanga municipal manager Hugh Mbatha had misappropriated municipal funds, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday.

"Municipal funds in the amount of R165 505 were misappropriated in respect of a visit of officials and councillors of the municipality to Italy [in 2008]," Madonsela said.

The officials, from the Ehlanzeni municipality, allegedly claimed their luggage had been lost and they asked for more funds as “they ran short of money”.

Mbatha instructed the transfer of municipal funds to an employee's credit card account to cover expenses.

On their return, they did not account for the expenditure and the balance of the R120 000 was divided among the delegates and Mbatha.

"The conduct of the municipal manager in respect of dividing the balance was unlawful, improper and amounted to maladministration," Madonsela said.

She said the Ehlanzeni municipal council should recover the money and lay charges of theft against Mbatha.

The Public Protector found Mbatha was guilty of maladministration and had violated the municipality’s bursary policy.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-11-26 21:24

    On and on and on it goes - is there no end to the corruption and theft at every level of Government and Public Service. SA like Zimbabwe has gone beyond the point of no return - no future left for any decent minded person.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-11-27 06:35

      Its like a desease and they all have it cannot help themselves , if they have access to public money must take some for themselves

      jc.jonck - 2012-11-27 09:22

      WTF Thuli? There is a R248m case and you worry about R120k. Priorities, especially now when things are getting sensitive.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-26 21:43

    "the Ehlanzeni municipal council should recover the money and lay charges of theft against Mbatha" Let's see if the recent "re-affirmation of moral values" has any teeth.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-26 22:56

      Good call.

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-27 01:03

      moral values... they have passed that quantum mark a looong time ago, but one can only wish!

  • winston.jan - 2012-11-26 21:49

    ANC People looting everything...... AMEN, Give Mr Mbatha a bottle of Smirnoff to drink. Thank you Thuli.

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-27 00:58

      how about laced vodka..!

  • themba.thwala.775 - 2012-11-26 21:56

    Aaah, now Mr Mbatha is going to move up the ranks and be the MEC

  • RudiErnst - 2012-11-26 22:30

    Yussus! Some of these thieves are amazing in their brazenness - dear voters, your elected thieves do not even pretend that they do anything wrong. Or maybe they don't even know.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-26 23:00

      LOL..once a comrade always a comrade, the majority can't read or think for themself, so the race card is played and all is forgiven.

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-27 00:59

      the 'untouchables' in their thieving minds.. ffs

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-26 22:34

    More looting of public funds by ANC deployed cadres,who will stop them? As their chief is looting public funds.

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-27 00:56

      Just another day in 'fake' paradise! Days are numbered for these crooked cadres!! That's OUR tax money stolen {again and again and again and ... }

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-27 08:12

    LOL ! at least he shared, but unfortunately for him, with the wrong people.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-27 09:00

    Funds are being misappriated in every municipality. They are not spending the funds for the right things. They waste money by donating tracksuits, caps and all sorts of things when infact they should be looking after the towns they are responsible for. Our little town has become so filthy it has become a rats paradise. It must be bad for one of our medical doctors to speak out. When we pay rates why should we be subjected to squalor, this is something we are not used to, we are really sinking down to third world squalor and why, we are proud people why when we pay for services should we subject ourselves and our families and others to possible desease because of unhygienic conditions.

  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2012-11-27 09:10

    Expose all this criminals

  • bella.marx.5 - 2012-12-19 12:42

    Steeling and getting a bonus? Not bad ANC..! I wonder what my boss will say? Eish, but I nearly forgot, I dont vote ANC!!!!!!!!!!

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