A MUNICIPALITY SO BAD IT’S A CRIME SCENE
One Of The Municipalities In Limpopo Caught The Eye Of The HAWKS For This Type Corruption
Lots of municipalities have failed their citizens by ruining infrastructure projects and service delivery.
But there are some which are so bad that it’s no longer about service delivery – but about crimes.
Lephalale Municipality looks to be one such example of particularly shocking local government.
And it’s so bad that it’s caught the eye of the Hawks.
The investigative unit confirmed to reports that they are investigating corruption charges over a string of tender awards, many of which for unfinished projects.
Communities in the Lephalale Municipality in Limpopo live in terrible conditions:
Many have no running water, no flushing toilets and have to go without the most basic services.
Projects stand stagnant while allocated money has allegedly been misused allegedly by municipal officials.
So a group of concerned residents opened a case at the Lephalale police station, and now the Hawks are on the case.
Andries Mocheko, a resident in the municipality, said that for the nine years that mayor Jack Moloko Maeko has been in charge the municipality has spent millions of rands on projects that are standing unfinished.
Mocheko says that in July, the Hawks visited the office of the municipal manager and demanded a detailed report on how money had been spent on 11 uncompleted projects.
“We have two water purification projects, one in town next to Lephalale Mall and the other one in the village. Both are unfinished.
“There was a sewer project in Marapong township that was started in 2017 but has since been abandoned.”
While the money’s been recorded as spent, some of the contractors claim they have not been paid by the municipality.
This backdrop of missing money and shocking service delivery is said to have contributed to the bloodbath between different ANC factions on 19 June at the branch general meeting in the Waterberg section. Two people were shot, 16 others were injured and several cars were damaged.
Another resident, William Mothoni, told us that the shootout at the rally in June should have been a wake-up call for the national leadership of the ruling party to call for an investigation and intervene in the running of the municipality.
Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale confirmed that they are investigating cases of corruption against municipal officials. She said no one has been arrested yet.
Reporters approached municipal spokesperson Ntsie Mohlala who declined to comment on all the allegations. “No comment,” he said.
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