MV cor­rup­tion-buster lauded

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS - ROLAND MPOFU

A MEM­BER of the Military Vet­er­ans (MV), Kenny Mot­samai, who ex­posed MV hous­ing cor­rup­tion in Golden Gar­dens in Sed­ibeng, has thanked The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent for in­ter­ven­ing and stop­ping a cor­rupt Sed­ibeng mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor from block­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of his and other vets’ RDP houses.

Mot­samai said he had re­ceived keys to his house last Fri­day. “With­out your (The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent’s) help I would be still home­less. The treat­ment we got from this coun­cil­lor was not fair. I hope you con­tinue to as­sist oth­ers and con­tinue to ex­pose cor­rupt of­fi­cials,” Mot­samai said.

Mot­samai is a for­mer com­man­der of the Aza­nian Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army who was re­leased last year from Boks­burg prison after spend­ing 27 years in jail for the mur­der of a North West traf­fic of­fi­cer.

“This is now a place I can call home. It is a nice, de­cent place for me and my fam­ily to stay in. I ap­pre­ci­ate what the De­part­ment of Hous­ing and the De­part­ment of Military Vet­er­ans has done for us,” Mot­samai said.

Last week The Sun­day In­de­pen­dent re­ported about Sed­ibeng coun­cil­lor Mthuz­imela Skhukhula, who was ac­cused by some MV mem­bers of cor­rup­tion and in­tim­i­da­tion. Skhukhula is al­leged to have blocked the al­lo­ca­tion of at least 20 RDP houses be­cause he wanted to sell 10 of the houses in a cor­rupt deal.

At the time, Mot­samai was about to be evicted by his land­lord be­cause he had al­ready used up his R1 200 military vet­er­ans monthly grant. Mot­samai then ap­proached the of­fice of the Gaut­eng MEC for Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs and Hu­man Set­tle­ments, Paul Mashatile, to lay his griev­ances.

Mashatile is­sued a state­ment con­demn­ing Skhukhula’s ac­tions and promised to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. He also called for strong ac­tion to be taken against the coun­cil­lor.

He thanked Mot­samai for his brav­ery in ap­proach­ing the de­part­ment and ex­pos­ing al­leged rogue el­e­ments in the coun­cil.

He en­cour­aged Gaut­eng res­i­dents to em­u­late Mot­samai’s ac­tion and speak out against any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties that stood in the way of de­vel­op­ment.

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