Free State municipality in 'total disarray'

2011-07-21 23:04

Bloemfontein - Managers and officials of the Setsoto local municipality could face criminal and disciplinary charges over allegations of theft, fraud and corruption, the Free State government said on Thursday.

Free State Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Mamiki Qabathe ordered a probe into the municipality after protester Andries Tatane died in service delivery protests earlier this year.

In an executive summary of its report released on Wednesday, it found that the municipality was in total disarray with no proper management and financial control.

It was totally unstable because of widespread theft, fraud and corruption.

The investigation found that supply chain management department staff were often coerced by senior managers into making orders that were against policy.

It recommended that the municipality's director of corporate services be suspended and investigated over alleged illegal staff appointments and the unauthorised buying of vehicles.

The chief financial officer should also be suspended and disciplined for allegedly buying 90 desktop computers at inflated prices.

The municipality’s IT officer should also face disciplinary charges over the employment of his fiancée at the municipality.

The investigators also recommended that two demand and acquisition clerks be suspended pending criminal investigation of fraud and corruption.

Another clerk in the same department should be sent on precautionary leave pending a forensic investigation.

Our comrades

Co-operative governance spokesperson Ntai Mokhitli said the full report could not be released because of the pending disciplinary charges against some officials.

In the summary, investigators indicated that the Meqheleng Concerned Citizens (MCC) group under whose leadership most of the protests were conducted had some "personal interests" in the Setsoto local municipality.

One of the findings was that the MCC wanted "our comrades" to be appointed at the municipality.

The investigators said that in a letter from the MCC to the municipality on March 25, a request was made for "intervention and collaboration in the filling of the vacant advertised posts".

In the letter, the MCC said it would be "appropriate" for the accounting officer to give 18 of "our people" employment in the municipality.

"All this will count in your favour as the municipality," the MCC wrote.

"We’ll provide you with the list of all our comrades today, March 25 2011."

Blatant lie

Earlier, MCC spokesperson Sam Motseare said this allegations and others were not true.

"It's a blatant lie," he said.

The Setsoto municipality covers the towns of Ficksburg, Senekal, Clocolan and Marquard.

Mokhitli said the report and recommendations were tabled before the Setsoto municipal council last week.

The department would closely monitor the implementation of the recommendations.

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-21 23:35


      phillie - 2011-07-22 01:53

      Unluckily the will all be promoted even as ministers

      Rolie - 2011-07-22 06:52


      Creeky - 2011-07-22 06:57

      STRANGEST THING IS: With the Local Govt Elections recently..... THEY GOT VOTED BACK INTO POWER!!!!!!!!!! How Strange IS THAT????????? You get what you VOTE FOR!!!! Please STOP MOLLY-CODDELING these IDIOTS.... let them SCREW IT UP LIKE ONLY THEY KNOW HOW!!!!!!!

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-22 08:09

      And in Natal they re-instate a convicted drug dealer with full pay . It is not only the Free State Municipalities that are a shambles.Most of them are insolvent and run "Africa style". PS Notice please , I did not use the word "BLACK" once , that is because most municipality finances are in the "RED" 0 0 Reply to Captainmorgan | 0 comments (hide) | Delete

      ray - 2011-07-22 09:40

      It is obviously a legacy of apartheid,just like everything else!!

      cliffarc - 2011-07-22 10:38

      - Symptomatic of the total disarray in the Anc and their sheer incompetence.

  • Tom - 2011-07-21 23:36

    74% of the residents just voted for the ANC again in the local elections.

      HumanKind - 2011-07-22 06:05

      That's right Tom, so now there must be no more moaning and protesting about the lack of service delivery. They have got what they wanted by voting the idiotic, corrupt ANC in

      York Hunt - 2011-07-22 07:33

      Yes, Tom. That's why these people feel like they are entitled to take more! The public voting for them is like giving them license to take even more!

      Jack - 2011-07-22 09:31

      10 second Tom, they all have short memories.

      DW - 2011-07-22 09:58

      So BEFORE the elections they had service delivery protests, a man was shot dead in those protests, and they STILL voted the ANC back in with 74% majority?! Let them live with the results. I have absolutely no sympathy for them whatsoever

  • sipholess - 2011-07-21 23:44

    Say no more Tom,these people have realy low standards. Even GOD's given up on Africa.

  • Clone - 2011-07-21 23:45

    Try them and, if guilty, throw them to the residents of the local townships.

      PB - 2011-07-22 07:52

      Dem Stones, dem Stones, dem Firestones ....

      explorer7 - 2011-08-26 04:07

      Try them and if found guilty, promote them to parliment

  • Gpurs - 2011-07-22 00:44

    Who's really surprised? If by some miracle anything even happens to these officials they will just be replaced by more of the same piggies trying to gorge themselves to death at the trough before they get caught anyway. But hey, you keep voting for them so stop complaining, suck it up and bask in the glory of what YOU have created although somehow, in some alternate dimension it will still be OUR fault. Apartheid, colonialism and mere fact that we have white skins will absolve you from any guilt and place the blame squarely on our shoulders, as usual. For the love of God, when are you going to see things for what they are? You can say it has nothing to do with race until this whole country is picking flies off poo for lunch but we all know the deal. If I was one of the few upstanding and outstanding black folks left out there I'd be pretty PO'ed.

      PB - 2011-07-22 07:52


  • mark - 2011-07-22 03:48

    Welcome to Africa!!

  • RobertKay - 2011-07-22 05:21

    They lie to deny the "lies that are told about them". What a bunch of idiots. Again it has been proven that the ANC cadres take government, local and national, as their personal fiefdoms, and steal and plunder to their heart's content. All ratepayers should stop paying their dues, as there is nothing they can do to sue them all, until things improve. This of course is highly unlikely, as they couldn't organise a booze-up in a brewery.

  • stofsuier - 2011-07-22 05:32

    Dont" discipline them "fire the useless theiving bastards" and get someone in who knows what is going on and what to do !!!!!!

  • Stuartthom - 2011-07-22 05:43

    I hope Frank from the rhino poaching article read this

  • Roy - 2011-07-22 05:57

    The reason for all of this is because it is run by the ANC.Bet your bottom dollar that the Government will come to their rescue so that they can carry on with their stealing.What a mess this country is becoming,what a banana country.

  • Born To Fish - 2011-07-22 06:51

    The Competent ANC at work! VIVA!!!!

  • Garry - 2011-07-22 07:20

    So what is new, this is how the ANC operates, they break steal and burn, it is in their culture. Garry

  • Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-07-22 07:29

    Steal, corrupt - no never, these are upstanding citizens of this country. It is all a blatant lie to discredit the Municipal officials who is doing a stirling job. All these stories of theft & corruption are stories made up by the imperialist, capatalist white racists.

  • biskit - 2011-07-22 07:32

    I told u so

  • Shorts1 - 2011-07-22 07:52

    Again another classic example of the rotten cANCer spreading unchecked through most of local government. Proper corporate governance needs to be ensured, at this level of administration, on a DAily basis right across the country.

  • pierre.hough1 - 2011-07-22 07:54

    Yet another democratic dividend. We're all becoming richer and more clever and more disgusted as the 'revelations' continue. The last book in the Bible goes by that same name.

  • Linda - 2011-07-22 08:00

    The ANC (absolutely nothing but corrupt) recommend that their members that lie, cheat and steal get put on suspension. That way they can continue to get paid for doing nothing. How about recommending that criminal charges are laid and attempts made to recover the stolen money? That is what happens in the private sector - but the ANC clearly feel that it is OK to steal tax payers money because no individual taxpayer can lay charges. Crime certainly DOES pay - if you are a public official stealing public money

  • Julsie3 - 2011-07-22 08:07

    Just a glimpse of what's to come if Nationalisation does proceed!!!!

  • DeonOlivier - 2011-07-22 09:13

    Mob justice for corrupt municipal officials!!!! stealing from the poor while parading around claiming to be champions of the poor. Sounds just like bra "Jewel"ius the millionaire - hero of the poor and illiterate masses that cannot read about the plundering of state coffers by their heroes

  • jonessierob - 2011-07-22 10:11


  • croix - 2011-07-22 11:41

    Now what was in my comment - to warrant the deletion of it entirely?? I want you to tell me what your criteria are for allowing certain (obviously racist) remarks, but deleting others? There seems to be very little consistency.............

  • Kevin - 2011-07-22 12:01

    WHY ARE YOU SUPRISED...pigs at the trough!!!!

  • Phumla Galada - 2011-07-22 12:21

    What on earth is going on with this Government. Fire all of them. This province is driving me crazy. These Municipal officials have got No sympathy at all for the Tatane family. They would have rather sneaked one of Tatanes family under their armpit to show concern BUT only thought of themselves.

  • Phumla Galada - 2011-07-22 12:30

    I think its high time we "CONCERNED CITIZENS" start a new system of having heard by this DUMB government. We have been talking-talking and talking BUT doing nothing. Let this forum open a pathway for the blind and fooled citizens. There are many of us who can do better. One or Two people can start a "PARTY" not a "POLITICALLY" to stand for our abused rights. We can set-up a meetings and start these discussion immediately.There is NO MORE time to waist other than that we are heading for a terrible crash.

  • HAD - 2011-07-22 12:38

    Why must someone be killed before an investigation of this kind is done?Ngwathe Local Municipality also had diaries and calenders printed at enormous costs. I'm sure such an investigation will show similar problems in most municipalities. (Or must we wait until someone is killed first?)

  • captain101 - 2011-07-22 12:40

    The question need to be asked and explored !!!!!! The Governmnet has run S.A. for 15 years with fraud, corruption, and non delivery of services. Is this any way that S.A. people (tax paying) can dissolve the Governmnet?????

  • Nicholas - 2011-07-22 13:23

    As far as I knw about our justice system, they will be broad back to work within few days. But the problem we have as South African we don't know where does the government gets money, if everybody knows that, People justice will be healing those wounds created to us by our servants...

  • Robbie - 2011-07-22 13:57

    Why was all of this necessary. Can the provincial government not read the auditor generals report annually. The picture there was clear as daylight. And why should the findings now be kept under wraps. They belong to us the public just as Setsoto does.

  • John - 2011-07-22 23:08

    Yet another ANC municipality in meltdown. Wow, what a big surprise! Under every rock another crooked, ANC polititian with hands in the till, cockroach.

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  • Ho - 2011-08-26 06:44

    I would think that in keeping with standard ANC practice, they will BEE redeployed to continue their good work

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