Former JB Marks mayor Kgotso Khumalo in court for allegedly stealing R5m from municipality

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Kgotso Khumalo. (Photo: Susan Cilliers)
Kgotso Khumalo. (Photo: Susan Cilliers)
  • Former JB Marks mayor Kgotso Khumalo and two others are charged with defrauding R5 million meant for the municipality.
  • Khumalo, Cecil Henry and Mohau Shuping are facing charges of theft and fraud.
  • The funds were expected to be used for municipal specific projects. 

Controversial former JB Marks mayor Kgotso Khumalo and two other employees have appeared again in the Potchefstroom Magistrate's Court for defrauding the municipality.

Khumalo, Cecil Henry and Mohau Shuping are facing charges of theft and fraud.

They allegedly stole R5 million that was to be used by the embattled municipality.

North West NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothane earlier said: "The North West University and the Programme for Community Development deposited about R5 million into a trust account of an attorney for the use of specific projects by the municipality. 

"The three then allegedly, through fraudulent means, syphoned some of the funds for their benefit," Mamothane said.

The R5 million was never declared to the Auditor-General.

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Khumalo resigned from his position with immediate effect from 12 May.

His resignation came after meeting with the provincial ANC interim committee.

Khumalo said that he had resigned as the mayor, pending the finalisation of his criminal case.

The DA in the municipality welcomed his resignation.

However, the party was worried that Khumalo would continue collecting his salary, as he had not resigned as a councillor.

Khumalo, Henry and Shuping are expected back in court on 17 June.

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