Home South Africa News 4 Limpopo bigwigs in court over R4.8 million tender row

4 Limpopo bigwigs in court over R4.8 million tender row

Court

A Limpopo municipal manager is among the four prominent municipal employees who will appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court today for allegedly stealing R4.8 million.

The money, which was paid for an agricultural tender illegally awarded to the manager’s wife, was allegedly embezzled by the manager and his cronies between the 2015 and 2016 financial years.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, popularly known as the Hawks, arrested the municipal manager on Friday following investigations into allegations that he conspired with signatories at the Makgate Community Property Association to irregularly award the tender.

Three other suspects aged between 51 and 70 were arrested over the weekend in relation to the tender. The three include a former member of parliament, a former chairperson of Makgatho Community Property Association, and a bank employee.

Spokesperson for the Hawks in Limpopo, Captain Matimba Maluleke, said the 70-year-old former chairperson for the association was arrested at his home in GaMakgatho village on Friday evening while the 51-year-old bank employee handed himself to the Hawks on Saturday. Maluleke said the former MP was arrested yesterday morning at his home in Kanana village and that the four were expected to appear before the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court today.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday welcomed the arrests.

“Limpopo has been marred with maladministration since the province was placed under administration in 2011 after accumulating unauthorized expenditure of R2.7 billion,” said DA Limpopo provincial leader Jacques Smalle.

“Over the last decade the province accumulated R15 billion in irregular expenditure – a clear indication that the ruling party is contemptuous of disregarding accountability and the law.

“While we applaud the good work done by the Hawks, we appeal to the unit to also expedite its investigations into politicians and officials involved in the illegal investment of municipal funds into the notorious VBS Mutual Bank.”

The municipal manager’s arrest comes at a time the Hawks also arrested several suspects on Wednesday in connection with the R225 million asbestos audit tender in the Free State. SA Communist Party spokesperson Alex Mashilo lamented that the government has been reduced to a frontier of private capital accumulation through tenders.

“South Africa needs a capable democratic developmental state with its own internal capacity to serve the people wholeheartedly,” he said in a statement.

-The Citizen

In other news – Uzalo actress Dawn Thandeka King’s hot Daughter got Men going crazy on social media – Photos

Besides the beauty of the young woman, social media was also left surprised that the actress has such a hot daughter! Mzansi actress Dawn Thandeka King who is popularly known for her amazing acting role as MaNgcobo on one of SABC 1’s most-watched TV dramas, Uzalo, has a beautiful daughter Jayda King and seems like she is going to be soon counting lobola cows.

Dawn Thandeka King and Jayda King

One of Dawn’s 5 children Jayda King is growing into a beautiful young woman and fans crush on her to the extending of asking MaNgcobo for permission to kick start lobola negotiations. Learn More