EFF wants top Ditsobotla leader probed for graft

2020-May-22   04:57

EFF wants top Ditsobotla leader probed for graft
The EFF in the North West has called for the Municipal Manager of Ditsobotla Local Municipality to be suspended, amid allegations of fraud and corruption.

- Thabang Morutloa

The EFF in the North West has called for the Municipal Manager of Ditsobotla Local Municipality to be suspended, amid allegations of fraud and corruption.

The opposition party accuses Abi Metswamere of misleading the council and not following supply chain management processes when appointing Phamash Security Company at the municipality.

EFF regional chairperson of Ngaka Modiri Molema, Themba Sonakile, said Phamash Security Company was not compliant with the Private Security Industry Regulation Authority (PSIRA), when it was appointed.

“We strongly hold the view and in possession of convincing evidence that Phamash Security Company was non-compliant with PSIRA, as it was withdrawn from June 2017 and did not have security services as a commodity when they were fraudulently appointed.

"The implication is that between 5 June 2017 and 18 June 2019 Phamash Trading Enterprise was prohibited to render any security services,” said Sonakile.

He added that Phamash defrauded the municipality by invoicing to get paid for services they never rendered.

“Phamash Security Company appointment letter states that they were to assume their duties on the 9th of May 2019, however they invoiced the municipality from the 1st of May 2019 till the 30th. Which is pure fraud to be paid for services not rendered,” Sonakile said.

Ditsobotla Local Municipality spokesperson, Pius Batsile, denied allegations against the municipal manager.

“The municipality notes the frivolous media statement by the EFF in the region of Ngaka Modiri Molema on allegations of corruption against the Municipal Manager. The allegation is spurious and therefore dismissed with the contempt it deserves.

"The EFF as a political party is entitled to its views and therefore free to take a legal route and open a case of corruption against any municipal official. The municipality conveys the truth that the South African Police Service is more than competent to deal with any matter that is not consistent with the law, “said Batsile.

Tebogo Maine, owner of Vanguard Tactical response that was previously employed at the municipality, said he pressed charges of fraud and corruption against the municipal manager and the municipality.

“I opened a case because when appointing a security company, supply chain processes must be followed, which in this case was not followed. Phamash was parachuted into the municipality without competitive bidding, meaning that no other companies were called to quote for the very same service.

"This company invoiced the municipality from the 1st to the 31st of May but their appointment letter states that they were appointed on the 9th of May 2019. Meaning from the 1st and the 9th of May that money is irregular and fraudulent,” Maine said.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Adel Myburg confirmed that police are investigating a case of fraud at the municipality.

“I can confirm that the Lichtenburg police are investigating a case of fraud to the amount of close to R200 000 that involves a security company as well as the local municipality. I can also confirm that the case currently is in a very advanced stage,” said Myburg.

Phamash Security Company owner, Tumelo Khoabane, said the company would only respond once all the necessary investigations have been done and completed by police and PSIRA.

Meanwhile, PSIRA declined to comment as the matter is still under investigation.

 

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