Running of Jamela community based centre irks locals
Manager accused of using minibus in taxi business
THE operations of a community home-based centre in Jamela Village outside Tzaneen has irked residents who have accused the manager of using its resources for personal use.
The residents claim Alex Mosimango has been using the centre’s minibus for his own taxi business without assisting local residents. The minibus was donated to the centre by the National Lottery Board but has not been seen ever since.
Community leader Mohale Lenyanyabidi said residents were concerned with what Mosimango has been doing.
“As the residents of Jamela (Village), we are concerned about the manner in which our community home-based centre is being utilized. The leader of the home-based care Alex Mosimango has been using the centre’s mini-bus for his own personal gain and this thing has been going on for years now. The problems were highlighted when he took the taxi for registration at SANTACO (South African National Taxi Council) and that is when I reported him to the (National) Lottery because they were the ones responsible for funding the centre,” he said.
That resulted in the minibus being taken away but it was later returned to the centre after giving Mosimango a written warning. That, however, did not deter Mosimango. Lenyanyabidi said that after Mosimango’s failure to register the minibus to SANTACO, he started a private transportation business.
“He took it out of the association and he is now using it for his personal benefit in order to transport people over the weekends. There are also rumours that the minibus has been involved in a serious accident to an extent that it is beyond repair. It has disappeared for more than three weeks and we no longer see it. We want the Lottery to come down here and assess the situation because a lot of people are scared to speak up about what is happening,” he said.
Mosimango has denied the allegations levelled against him.
“I don’t know what you are talking about because this project deals with issues on a daily basis. So we have never heard any complaints from these people you are talking about. It is just unfortunate that I will not be able to comment because I do not know who these people are. You can see for yourself that my phone is accessible to anyone. So I do not have anything to hide,” said Mosimango.
He, however, lost his cool when questioned about the whereabouts of the minibus taxi.
“You have never come to our project but you’re just speaking things you don’t know. Those people who are talking should simply give you a story to write then. We deal with a lot of issues here in this project and those who are giving you information can even come to us for assistance. I don’t understand why they had to contact you guys from the newspapers. Right now
I am just answering you because I have humility, if it was not for that I would have hung up on you,” said Mosimango.