Report implicates officials in R50m fraud

2013-02-04 19:03

Johannesburg - Free State Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Patricia Kopane has laid criminal charges against Nala municipality officials for alleged corruption of more than R50m.

This followed a KPMG forensic report in which officials and councilors were implicated.

This report has not yet been tabled in the council, but was cited as one of the reasons why National Treasury intervened and stopped any further transfers to the municipality last year.

However, the decision was reversed last week after the municipality was found to have made progress, according to National Treasury.

Kopane said the alleged incidents of corruption include R1.4m paid for "cool drinks" to contractors who were meant to be upgrading the toilets of residents still using the bucket system.

"A total of R6m was paid to a company for an electronic accounts system but over four years later the municipality is still writing its accounts by hand," she explained.

Kopane said the report also detailed how officials were paid double salaries, and fuel for 207 private cars was paid for by the municipality.

"The Nkandla-style spending of R230 000 on a security wall around the mayor’s home also needs to be investigated," said Kopane.

She said she was laying the charges so that police could begin the investigation into alleged criminal offences in terms of public finance law.

"Those involved should be prosecuted," she said.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 19:15

    Patricia Kopane you go girl, the women of the DA rules, DA!!!!!! CATCH THEM ALL!!!!!!

  • Erna - 2013-02-04 19:15

    There you go tony ehrenreich, that's how it's done. If you have proof that the DA is corrupt, put your money where your mouth is.

      dave.abner.56 - 2013-02-04 19:30

      Love your comment, come now Tony, why do u have nothing to say about your precious ANC when they do these obvious corrupt activities?

      mapepaki - 2013-02-05 10:42

      erna, the DA are going to have the last laugh, ehreneich is going to have egg on his face. Can't wait for the outcome.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-05 11:04

      Erna. Tony will have to bend over to do that.

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 22:16

      Tony E is the most despicable human to ever walk the earth. For his trouble-making in the farms he should be tried for economic espionage and treason. After the usual 15 minute Chinese court hearing, he will be taken out and shot within 10 minutes. South Africa will still cry years after he is dead. He is all about ("cheap" - that's an ANCpf word) politics to get his head (slimy encrusted great dirty evil serpant tongue) into the trough. DISGUSTING! In 20 years, when the COSATU workers have worked it all out, they will come to burn him. And his grandmother.

  • BrainCandyCPT - 2013-02-04 19:21

    This will no doubt end the same way the Travelgate issue ended - with very few being held to account, much less prosecuted. But well done to the DA. Don't stop.

  • colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-04 19:30

    Ja - Nee

  • russell.sibusisoxaba - 2013-02-04 19:35

    This none stop corruption saga it just disgusting

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2013-02-04 23:19

      We are completely powerless as these criminals steal our national wealth. It would be good to know how much money we've got left.

  • pmolesworth - 2013-02-04 19:40

    No! corruption!!! in a South African municipality... No! I cant believe this. -!!!!!!!!!!Endemic!!!!!!!!!!-

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2013-02-04 22:17

      It is just too unlikely to conceive of! I mean really and truly are they actually spending Council money on friends family and other non performers, it just boggles the mind.

  • tony.bakkie - 2013-02-04 19:44

    And they will walk away without any fear of prosecution

  • Killbot79 - 2013-02-04 19:44

    ANC will play the blame game as usual, the saints in the ANC cant do no wrong

      ron.lawrance - 2013-02-04 21:40

      Lets blame it all on apartheid.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 19:50

    More and more to come, sad sad sad. Thank goodness the DA is standing up for our rights. Million here Million there = Billions lost and stolen, thank you to all those new Millionaires in SA that Fu€T$D up our country and our reputation. Steel on but FU!!!!!

  • mark.booysen - 2013-02-04 19:50

    What's new?! Same shyte different day!

  • joe.dicks.56 - 2013-02-04 19:51

    Combrades of corruption no service delivery

  • lee.brand.73 - 2013-02-04 19:53

    ANCorruption. Say no more.

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-04 19:57

    Baba black sheep have you any wool, yes sir yes sir three bags full!!!

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-02-04 20:11

    Tony!!!!! Any comment the sh.....t is coming think an fast.See Tony thre r more provinces

  • jerome.fortuin.71 - 2013-02-04 20:12

    why is it only DA that finds out where corruption is?

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 20:19

      Because the other parties is as corrupted as the ANC and is afraid to talk or ells they will also be investigated, the DA is not scared to expose the corrupted parties because they are one party thats got nothing to hide

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2013-02-05 08:42

      I was thinking this yesterday, why hasn't the much vaunted COPE said anything about ANC corruption, they definitely will know where all the skeletons are, they were part of it. Or are they the same just a different flag.

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 22:38

      @ john l They are twisted like koeksisters in the arms deal. Lekota. Cope leader, was minister of defence after Modise? Modise was a truck driver. He never fired a weapon against the Nats, Modise. The Brits, Swedes and Germans all have evidence to prove the corruption through bribes. Then Lokota followed him. So he is also dirty, by connection to the ANCpf, who are all, one and all, filthily stinkingly corupt. Viva 783. Viva!

  • Mnologist - 2013-02-04 20:19

    Just curious, why is it always DA voicing these ill-actions (corruption) and never by the other opposition parties? I may be wrong.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 20:39

      The DA got nothing to hide, the others are scared to talk because they are scared to be investigated, they got something to hide, but no worries the DA will find them all, one by one

      phill.sarefa - 2013-02-04 22:09

      Simple my friend. The DA has reseachers while the other parties have none. The ANC relies on majoritarianism while the DA works hard to dig information. That's whenever they challenge the ANC led government to court they (DA) always win.

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 22:39

      They are twisted like koeksisters in the arms deal. Lekota. Cope leader, was minister of defence after Modise? Modise was a truck driver. He never fired a weapon against the Nats, Modise. The Brits, Swedes and Germans all have evidence to prove the corruption through bribes. Then Lokota followed him. So he is also dirty, by connection to the ANCpf, who are all, one and all, filthily stinkingly corupt.

  • kyle.white.39750 - 2013-02-04 20:33

    Viva corruption viva.

  • robynne.els.1 - 2013-02-04 20:34

    Everyday there is story like this! Its not news anymore its the norm. Now if something definitive was done about it, that would be news!

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-02-04 20:37

    I just wonder why no political party commented on the issue of the building industry cartel. Just wondering as no DA or ANC said a single word.

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 22:04

      You are an ANCpf troll. You came out of OBE and you thought that you were a finished product. You need some time in the mill - go look 'mill' up.

  • ben.lantz1 - 2013-02-04 20:38

    Holy cow are these guy's printing money how the hell can they misuse what 6 million tax payers are paying and still not bankrupt

  • nevergrowupgirl - 2013-02-04 20:39

    They follow the example of their leader... Everyone seems to forget that his corruption charges disappeared into thin air, even after his good friend Mr. Shaik was found guilty. You can't have such a person setting a good example for the rest of the country, can you? He was never proven innocent. Just some food for thought. Morals have stooped to an all time low, and there is no punishment, so what is going to stop it from happening over and over again? Only YOU have the power to stop them! Just remember people, the struggle was won in 1994... So when you vote again, don't vote people into power, VOTE THEM INTO SERVICE. This is not about still struggling for freedom, it is now taking responsibility of what you got after the fight.

  • kyle.white.39750 - 2013-02-04 20:41

    Why do u sound like you are suggestinh that the da is making it up

  • calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-04 20:51

    Steff and Stocks,Murray and Robberts and G5

  • mkobane1 - 2013-02-04 20:54

    Ag , nothing new... When the census came out talking about inequalities, Zille jumped and announced that she was going to much to inkandla just to divert our attention. I wonder what Patricia is up to, she might have known about this long time, hmmm ... just waiting for de right moment to strike I suppose !

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 22:46

      Hey Malcolm With the above comment you are obviously telling us all that Thutolore Secondary is an OBE school. You have my sympathy.

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-04 20:56

    This makes one wonder, will there ever be free and fair elections again with so much corruption in place? Who is running the IEC actually?

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-02-04 22:09

      I second this, who will 3rd this and keep going with it. This is the only way SA

      jimmy.walls.90 - 2013-02-05 22:47

      The ANCpf cannot even run their own internal elections for delegates honestly.

  • johnhenry.mcduling - 2013-02-04 21:11

    Unbelievable. Still after all these years, they are only looking after their own pockets. In the mean time the towns are falling apart. Strange how in the areas like Midvaal in GP where the DA is incharge you don't see this happening. Things are working, the town is clean. No billing problems and no curruption. This will never end as long as the wrong people are incharge.

  • craven.luyt - 2013-02-04 21:19

    Don't stand too close, stand back! There is gravy flying everywhere. It's a free for all!

  • matshane.seleko - 2013-02-04 21:21

    Now we know why every Tom,Dick and Harry is a millionare these days.It's all because of stealing from the public purse,then we see people flaunting all the flashy stuff,as if they worked for it,and they are proud of it.Seemimgly,gone are the days when people worked really hard to accumulate wealth.You'll only thumb my comment down if you feel guilty,but I won't give a damn,anyway.

      croix.mactee - 2013-02-05 11:05

      You've nailed it. It's so bad in our country, we even view the drivers of flashy cars with suspicion - rightly or wrongly. How can our economy stand up to so much plundering and blatant graft and corruption?

  • craven.luyt - 2013-02-04 21:22

    Everybody duck! Stand back, there is gravy flying everywhere . It's a free for all. The ruling elite are having a food fight in front of their starving electorate.

  • tommy.cilliers - 2013-02-04 21:43

    You go girl. Rid us of the scum

  • Mike15988a - 2013-02-04 21:44

    bla, bla, bla ... just another day in AFRICA...

  • phill.sarefa - 2013-02-04 22:05

    A fish starts rotting from the head. What can we expect from people lead by a man who has spent many years running away from answering questions about his alleged corruption? South Africans must be stupid to turst that zuma will eliminate corruption when he himself is still perceived to be corrupt until the court c;erars him. And he does not disappont - he continues to build nkandla and spaza shops from our taxes.

  • JannieJammergat - 2013-02-04 22:17

    So what is new about this corruption case being reported. Soon we won't even have government because all of these crooked bastards will be relaxing in our jails at our expense. White, black, coloured or even Indian, all in government are skelm. We need a more transparent government to lead the people and not rob us blind. Sies for all of these skelms. God will punish you.

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-02-04 22:23

    No wonder these fu~~kers ride fancy cars??

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-02-05 00:21

    Here we GO again..

  • Shades - 2013-02-05 01:53

    Stone the thieving bastards in public!

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-05 06:56

    hang them high!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-02-05 07:29

    i'm disappointed, only R50mil, u could have done a lot better, next time see if u can beat our president R205mil. dont worry if there wasn't enough this time, he went begging over seas and to some sa private companies, so there will be plenty next time!!

  • flynn.govender - 2013-02-05 09:05

    Corruption never seem to stop within the government officials

  • aimeekmac - 2013-02-05 09:09

    yet thousands will still vote in favour of the ANC. Does coruption news as such even reach the plentiful in rural areas, who have no internet accesss etc? Honesty is a word not known by most running our country.

  • christopher.douglas.12914 - 2013-02-05 09:22

    dont do corruption, government hates competition

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-05 11:02

    Just another day in corruption land. The way these people steal is unbelievable. They have no morals and no shame.

  • lbweitz - 2013-02-05 19:02

    Why do the women of this country have more balls than the "ooms" in government when it comes to fighting corruption?

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-06 03:46

    Why is the "South African's Special Investigating Unit" not doing anything about all these outrageous corruption charges that is happening on a daily basis - something is NOT RIGHT!?!

  • fabulousBiggy - 2013-02-08 15:42

    Its about time that they face the music

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