Grants-for-sex ex­posed

UMT­SHEZI’S ‘SEX OF­FICE’: Of­fi­cial re­signs to duck dis­ci­plinary ac­tion

Weekend Witness - - News - THAMSANQA MAGUBANE

RATHER than face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, an em­ployee of the Umt­shezi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity caught in a sex-for­grants scheme re­signed from his job yes­ter­day.

The man and a young woman were al­legedly caught in fla­grante delicto when an of­fi­cial alerted to the sit­u­a­tion burst into the man’s of­fice last week.

Mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Nonhlanhla Njoko and Mayor Bon­gani Dlamini both de­nied any knowl­edge of the mat­ter.

“I have not been in­formed of any such in­ci­dent,” said Njoko.

How­ever, Week­end Wit­ness con­firmed the in­ci­dent with three sources, in­clud­ing one from the district mu­nic­i­pal­ity which in­cor­po­rates Umt­shezi. None would con­sent to be­ing named.

They said the man and a young woman from the area were caught in the act by a se­nior mu­nic­i­pal man­ager af­ter be­ing alerted by other staff.

A source in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, who is not al­lowed to speak to the me­dia, said the man was in charge of dis­burs­ing funds for a cer­tain project un­der­taken by the Umt­shezi coun­cil.

In terms of the project, amounts of about R3 000 are given to peo­ple who meet cer­tain cri­te­ria.

It is al­leged the man had on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions asked for and re­ceived sex from young women who ap­plied to ben­e­fit from the project.

“This is not the first time he has done this. This time around, while he was busy with the girl, the staff there heard what was go­ing on and they in­formed a man­ager that it was hap­pen­ing [they were hav­ing sex] at the ‘sex of­fice’ as that of­fice is now known.”

“Th­ese young girls come here [for help], only for them to be sex­u­ally ex- ploited. It’s not even a big amount [that is dis­bursed by the coun­cil].”

“This hap­pened in the most se­nior of­fice in the area. It is the same as if the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has slept with this girl.”

An­other se­nior of­fi­cial at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity con­firmed that the of­fi­cial had been caught out.

“He was caught in a com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion with a [young woman] by a mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial.”

The sources said the man re­signed from his job yes­ter­day, be­fore dis­ci­plinary ac­tion could be taken against him. • tham­san­qam@wit­

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