Poles worth R3m 'missing' in Madibeng

2013-04-21 12:28

Johannesburg - Two wooden poles which cost the North West Madibeng Municipality R3.05m have gone missing, it was reported on Sunday.

The poles were listed on the municipality's asset register, but Auditor General Terence Nombembe and his team could not find them when they audited the municipality last year, reported City Press.

The poles - the kind used to link power lines to each other - were supposedly erected in Oukasie, a township in Brits.

Asset register

The asset register reportedly recorded the cost of an 11-metre pole as R1.2m, and that of a nine-metre pole as R1.85m.

However, a leading electricity industry source told the newspaper the average price of an 11-metre wooden pole was R1 000, and that of a nine metre wooden pole was R550.

According to the AG's interim management report, the poles were just two items on the asset register which could not be located by auditors.

The total value of items missing or unaccounted for by the municipality was R1bn.

Other items were "land for park" at R1.1m, a visitor's chair costing R828, and an office and toilet worth nearly R1m.

The municipality told the newspaper it did not have a full copy of the report, then said the figures did not relate to just two poles, but to all the poles purchased for an electrification project.

  • MrLogical - 2013-04-21 12:32

    I blame ANC. *grabs popcorn

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-04-21 12:47

      Really? The ANC are God's gift not only to SA and Africa, but the entire world. They are the epitomy of good governance and fair play,they are the most honest and trustworthy group of people on planet earth. There is no corruption, fraud, nepotism, theft or racism in the entire structure. Lies have been spread to discredit the ANC, they are the ones who give the angels their wings and instruct them how to be perfectly angelic...... Oh man! That was some awesome dope I had!

      Mc Segal - 2013-04-21 12:47

      Not wooden poles more likely something to do with thick planks...

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 12:55

      Bevan pass some of that around xD that stuff is making you see things that arent real haha!

      fargone - 2013-04-21 13:00

      Horror of horrors, folks, don't look for the poles, look for the missing money!!! There were never any poles, only money was taken, wood be very difficult to sell 2 wooden poles for that kind of money on the black market!

      Pieter Van Der Westhuizen - 2013-04-21 13:25

      Well at least they are starting to record their theft!

      hugo - 2013-04-21 13:28

      but why you want to blame them,they promise only the best for their people. and then they buy the best pole at R 1,85 million.they deliver their promise !!!! lol

      Ian Teall - 2013-04-21 13:39

      WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! I'm rich!! I have 5 wooden poles in my garage!!!!!!

      Don Tandy - 2013-04-21 13:44

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

      Imagine Sense - 2013-04-21 14:01

      The ANC fatcats can now also be called "polecats". Quite fitting since the polecat family includes the well known African skunk!

      Bullet Proof - 2013-04-21 17:04

      Firewood... winter is here

      Scouter Four-One - 2013-04-21 18:41

      What I can't quite work out is why the 9 metre pole would cost more than the eleven metre model....

      An observer - 2013-04-21 19:40

      I blame it all on apartheid. You see the Poles were part of the Eastern Block during the time of apartheid. Some Poles came here on holiday recently and got lost. The South African tour guide reported this to the police, who sent out a missing person's warrant to the North West Province, whereupon they instigated a search for Poles, only to discover that 2 of their own poles were missing. They replied that they could not find any missing poles, until they found out the missing Poles were safely in their Sandton Hotel, sipping vodka, whereupon there was an immediate search, for missing vodka in the Sandton Hotel, and no vodka could be found, after the entry of the police force. Want to know what happened to the poles and the vodka?

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-04-21 19:48

      Umm, Scouter, 9 metre = R550. 11 metre = R1000. Unless math has changed since I left school, R550 is less than R1000. Best get off the horse and go back to school, or buy a calculator. lol.

      Scouter Four-One - 2013-04-21 21:33

      Errrr, Rodney - perhaps you should climb on a horse, ride to your nearest school and learn how to read and correctly digest an article before publicly making a complete prat of yourself.......

      KennyGrass - 2013-04-21 21:50

      DA please investigate.

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-04-21 23:20

      Fair enough, but your comment asks why the cost would be higher for the shorter pole, fact is, the cost is lower for the short pole, the supposed VALUE of the pole by the municipality is higher. Small difference in words, big difference in meaning. Sorry, semantics are important to me.

      Nduduzo Mkhithika Mabuyakhulu - 2013-04-22 09:32

      Eish....thats my money...again...

      Hans Keitel - 2013-04-22 18:08

      The MO is simple: 1. Ask for a lot of money from the national treasury for municipal projects that are meant to benefit the community. 2. Use the lack of accountability in the ANC-ran municipalities to spend as little of the money as possible for actual service delivery by either cutting corners or effectively writing off vast amounts of money to obscure stuff like 2 non-existent (and quite expensive)"electrical poles" and keeping all the money.

  • Fanie Weldhagen - 2013-04-21 12:36

    Funny when stupidity and criminal meet its each other

      Ollie - 2013-04-21 13:06

      Maybe not so when they are in control of your money.

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-21 14:19

      Hilarious! But the serious part is that nothing will come of this. The person responsible, will probably be suspended with full pay until they are moved to another department, municipality or whatever.

      Caine Abel - 2013-04-21 22:32

      Then Marius Fransman and his band of idiots want the ANC to get control of the western cape......what amazes me is that while this type of corruption and blatent theft carries on in all anc run provinces their idiotic members still think they are the best for this provinces ...eyes wide shut

      Vaughan - 2013-04-22 07:48

      @Jomo Kgomo, so you are saying the Apartheid government and the ANC government are one in the same? I agree, the ANC has taken what the Nats started to extreme new levels. Quite funny in a way, the ANC has ended up becoming a bigger monster than the monster that it fought.

  • bubblegumbeat - 2013-04-21 12:38

    So ALL the poles went missing too? Not just the two?

      Ollie - 2013-04-21 13:12

      Yes they just woke up one morning and all wooden poles in the municipality had disappeared without a trace, now just pay your taxes and speak of it no more!

      Kevin Walker - 2013-04-21 13:15

      What did you expect, they definitely exceed the "thicker than two short planks" criteria!!

      bubblegumbeat - 2013-04-21 13:29


      Arvin Hooseria - 2013-04-22 16:54


  • Avremel Niselow - 2013-04-21 12:40

    On what planet does a pole cost a million rand? Was it made of gold?

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 12:55

      Golden wood.

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-04-21 13:52

      Avremel... planet South Africa (where the impossible is rather easily achieved).

      Ernica Stanford - 2013-04-21 14:20

      Only in the ANC municipalities!!!!

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-04-21 15:45

      Yes the ANC do sometimes resemble aliens, but they don't prove the existence of intelligent life in space.

      Don Tandy - 2013-04-21 16:17

      Just think what the street light poles in Nkandla cost?

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-04-21 17:22

      5 mil each?

  • martinvdmerwe.icmi - 2013-04-21 12:45

    When greedy leaders obtain position they end up stealing the hopes of a city, town or district, we can make South Africa great by eliminating the fraudulent

      pws69 - 2013-04-21 13:09

      Mr Logic, the register of blacklisted corrupt business was established 7 years ago and until this year didn't have a single entry.

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-04-21 14:01

      And when the poor come crying to their greedy leaders, guess who gets the blame?

      Dmitri Dumas - 2013-04-21 14:11

      @nom, the Poles get the blame

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-04-21 19:21

      Dmitri... sorry, I'm not a pole!

  • Bongani Nsele - 2013-04-21 12:47

    the ANC must deal ruthlessly with corruption....... they were given a mandate by the citizens to govern without fear or favour

      Jason Kelland - 2013-04-21 12:50

      You a funny man Bongani! The ANC is ruthlessly corrupt

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 12:56

      you have a better chance of catching the flu than the ANC tackling corruption. they established a commity to get rid of corruption what like...3 years ago? what happened to it? was corrupted.

      Dries De Kock - 2013-04-21 13:09

      eish Bong's what's ur smoking broer....Transkei pootjie?

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-21 13:13

      How can the corrupt eliminate corruption. They will never .

      Skeptic Deciple - 2013-04-21 13:22

      Eish Bongani, Don't you know the ANC is totally against corruption. They hate the competition.

      Ollie - 2013-04-21 13:23

      Jail sentences must come as result of this investigation, however likely none will.

      Om Nom Nom - 2013-04-21 14:03

      Ollie... Jail sentences? For the corrupt? Like Jackie Selebi? Whaahaahaa!!!!!!!!!

      Ollie - 2013-04-21 14:19

      @Om Nom Nom, It is indeed very naive of me to expect rule of law to be upheld in Africa, and that is one of many reasons why I will be supporting Cape Independence come 2014!

      Puple LeMoo - 2013-04-21 18:29

      But the ANC admitted that they are corrupt. Frene Ginwala heading up the integrity committee said it would be tough fighting corruption in the ANC. ----- Fighting corruption in the ANC will be a battle, ANC integrity committee member Frene Ginwala has told The Sunday Times. To have taken the step of actually setting up such a committee is an enormous battle and it has come, ------ What I read is that the ANC admitted that it is corrupt.

  • Michael Konings - 2013-04-21 12:48

    Probaby used for local braai's

  • Terry Bomela-Msomi - 2013-04-21 12:50

    lol its a circus

      Alex Ndoo - 2013-04-21 13:29

      Democracy! Viva!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-04-21 13:54

      Well you wanted to vote ANC so that's what you get

      Terry Bomela-Msomi - 2013-04-22 09:00

      who is "you"?

  • Andrew Worrall - 2013-04-21 12:50

    Just like Jacob Zuma would say, so what?

      Skeptic Deciple - 2013-04-21 13:21

      Zuma would say, Im proud of you lot. You learn very fast!

      Ollie - 2013-04-21 13:36

      Unfortunately Zuma was unable to comment on these events he was too busy installing his new 50" LG flat-screen TV at his home in Nklanda.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-21 12:52

    Expensive fire wood.

  • Yandisa Mashalaba - 2013-04-21 12:53

    Oh Lord! We have become the laughing stock of the nation :-(

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 12:57

      stop voting ANC an the world will take you seriously.

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-21 13:14

      Nation try the world.

  • Celeste de Lange - 2013-04-21 12:53

    An office and a toilet went missing?? Must have taken some serious man power to move that!

      Skeptic Deciple - 2013-04-21 13:20

      Sink Hole?

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-21 12:55

    @ Rodney ... must be the smoke from the Gum poles that got you high.

  • Megan Choi - 2013-04-21 12:57

    I blame the Polish!

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-04-21 14:23

      What's Nugget got to do with it? :P

  • Skrywer John Murray McKay - 2013-04-21 13:00

    Where these poles blessed by supermodel tears or something?!

  • Vincent VinSaint - 2013-04-21 13:00

    R1m toilet??? Does it recycle number 2 to electricity???

  • Cathy Cooper van Vollenstee - 2013-04-21 13:01

    R1.2m and R1.85m for wooden poles! Darn I would love to see the cost of all the other materials! And they submit this in their paper work? Man the intelligence of these people is astounding!

      Mike Bundy - 2013-04-22 09:05

      Scariest is that this type of deliberately excessive overcharging for items that are never delivered has become normal in the state departments.

  • Mbeko Nobomvu - 2013-04-21 13:02

    Poles !!! this is absurd ! completely absurd...i just hope in the next elections people would think long and hard before placing that X...think of the senseless murders, rampant corruption, schoolkids who still have trees as classrooms, lack of service delivery...and ask yourself if you want that to continue...ANC does not deserve another second as a ruling party. ANC = Despicable !

  • Vincent VinSaint - 2013-04-21 13:03

    R1m toilet??? Does it recycle number 2 to fuel or electricity???

  • Mphotant Thelejane - 2013-04-21 13:03

    This is amazing.

  • Lerato Mako - 2013-04-21 13:04

    it shows that anc leaders are not good with figure,they don't even know that a million is having 6 zeros,

      Alex Ndoo - 2013-04-21 13:33

      On the contrary! The ANC is great with figures, since the whole Democratic ANC is full of zeros.

      bubblegumbeat - 2013-04-21 13:48

      AH! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG! When you can't defend it, attack the other party! Eish, this is some twisted s**t man.

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 14:13

      Ndoo is a sarcastic troll T_T ignore him...or it...dont feed it.

      Leijn Tissink - 2013-04-21 15:44

      Hi Lerato- too much expected from a councilor with limpopo 30% matric pass

  • Rufus Manyama - 2013-04-21 13:06

    Just imagine,two electric poles costing Madibeng Municipality R3m,itjo itjo aretse!

  • pws69 - 2013-04-21 13:08

    Along with R35 toilet rolls, R30 BIC pens, R28 loaves of bread. Nice scam if you are "connected" enough to get in on it. What the auditor general does NOT do is verify that we are paying a fair price for goods, only that the paperwork is in order.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-04-21 13:10

    HA! The anc continuing with their 'good' governance. Mampara's the whole lot

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-21 13:11

    Its disgusting when you let a garden boy become the boss and this is what happens - rampent theivery...while your constituents riot due to your anc - NOT!

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-21 22:33

      Thanks Anthony, I missed you! Did you manage to read all you wrote? If you did, congrats. You must be the only one in space. Go where no man has gone before.

      Leijn Tissink - 2013-04-22 09:19

      So Anthony,the bottom line the ANC is the same as the old NATS i.e corrupt and racists

      Charl Malan - 2013-04-23 10:36

      @ Anthony Get off news 24, your comments are so long and boring... f%^k off already

  • Victor van der Walt - 2013-04-21 13:11

    They burnt the poles to keep there fat ars.s warm bunch of mother&@$&@&$

  • Skeptic Deciple - 2013-04-21 13:18

    Hibo. Eish. These poles are at Nkandla. They used them braai the cow!

      Rude Awakning - 2013-04-21 13:32

      Haibo! Jabo, ,Nkandla is too far from there! You sure its not in Oranje where it was used to reinforce the fence to keep 'others' out? Met eish ja!

  • Stefan Steyn - 2013-04-21 13:20

    How thankfull we must be they did not buy four poles, we should be relieved.

      Sergio Oneness Pentecostal Williams - 2013-04-21 13:46

      Yoh! ons sal in die rook gedraai het nou lol!

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-04-21 13:23

    this plague has no cure

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-21 13:28

      We can cure this plague by not voting for the ANC; that's the medicine.

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 14:14

      exactly! you dont even have to vote!

  • Peter Mokoena - 2013-04-21 13:25

    Corruption in N.W. Why are they not administered like Limpopo. Blame apartheid for prices of poles to increase from R1000.00 to R1.8m.

  • Olebile Tilodi - 2013-04-21 13:27

    you are exageratting, no pole can cost million rand, next time you want to lie to someone go and campaign with them, politicians.

  • Ntshobs - 2013-04-21 13:29

    Millions of rands for poles?? ANC led government is a disgrace to us citizens who voted them to power

      Sakhiwo Ngcongolo - 2013-04-21 13:43

      chief don't associate an individual wrong doing with the ANC,just applaude ANC led government for trying its best to root out corruption because AG is working for the same government.

      MrLogical - 2013-04-21 16:17

      Root out corruption? Corruption start at home, JZ is the most untrustworthy a-hole of em all, we get showerhead out yu get the corruption out.

  • Nico de Jongh - 2013-04-21 13:30

    Up the pole.. yea, everything seems to be going that way.

  • Pieter Maritz - 2013-04-21 13:31

    To the goverment I have a 2 meter tree in my garden - that i pay R 1400 rates and taxes a month - willing to accept a megre R500 000 for this tree - can be converted into a 2 metre pole !!!!!

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-04-21 13:52

      Yip the biggest money seems to be in wooden poles now, not scrap metal. Sounds like one can become a billionaire overnight selling wooden poles!

  • Tmash Brown - 2013-04-21 13:34

    I wouldnt expect the punishment to be more than anything than a slap on the wrist. thats the most painful and disappointing part of it all. they ll surely get away with it.

  • reality - 2013-04-21 13:37

    What about the 20 mercedes and 40 bwm's that went missing? Surely the Treasury must refund these to the North West Madibeng Municipality

  • Letlhogonolo Maimane - 2013-04-21 13:38

    Pure barbarianism!!!those guilty must face the court of law!!

      Bart Onderweegs - 2013-04-21 13:49

      No my friend. You got it wrong. Trees take at least 30-40 years to grow to these lengths. So who planted them? These started as tiny plants in the '80's or '70's, so Blame PW Botha or BJ Vorster. They started this.It's Apartheid's fault.

      Leslie Erasmus - 2013-04-21 14:06

      No,culprits face suspension on full pay and nice senior position after 12 months

      Anthony Michael - 2013-04-21 23:14

      Bart, This is sooo true!! A lot of ills we got today, started to grow 30 / 40 years ago !!!

  • Dehlia Fredericks - 2013-04-21 13:41

    since anc arrives on our doorstep! what a pity one cant just swept or get rid of the dirt!

  • Letlhogonolo Maimane - 2013-04-21 13:41


  • giles.lord.5 - 2013-04-21 13:45

    The solution is very simple, stop voting for these crooks.

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-21 13:46

    Parliment must be a goldmine-lots of wooden poles there!

      Nic Nomicos - 2013-04-22 01:12

      Dead wood?....

  • Jacques Loots - 2013-04-21 13:46

    That's linch not lunch lol

  • Terry Burne - 2013-04-21 13:50

    They were apartheid poles - made to disappear and make the honest ANC government look bad. Bloody Agents!!!

  • William Joseph Roberts - 2013-04-21 13:51

    A tip for the auditor general,do not look for the poles,look for the person who signed the receipt(if not redeployed?)-there must surely be a record or has that also gone missing too,maybe stuck to the poles.

      reality - 2013-04-21 14:32

      And do what? Recommend him for promotion?

  • giles.lord.5 - 2013-04-21 13:51

    Looks like the pole business is doing well.

      bubblegumbeat - 2013-04-21 14:03

      Need to find them on the JSE. Will be the next best thing I reckon.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2013-04-21 13:55

    Ke mathata ka hohle that is what the majority do?

  • Donovan Hendricks - 2013-04-21 13:58

    SA parlementarians are all up the pole!

  • Moss Kop - 2013-04-21 14:00

    Hahaha. Ja nee. This a joke. How on earth u can buy a pole for more that a Million rands. This corruption has gone out of hand. Viva please organize a march against corruption.

  • G.I Jane - 2013-04-21 14:02

    Hahahahaha. I can't believe this pole story but I must.The ANC jokers is so busy

  • Ivan Frantz - 2013-04-21 14:03

    Our only hope of survival from all the theft and corruption of taxpayer's money is to wait for a better governance to take the reins of leadership of this Country, other than that ,there is no hope !!!