Run­ning of Jamela com­mu­nity based cen­tre irks lo­cals

Man­ager ac­cused of us­ing minibus in taxi busi­ness

African Times - - News - BUKUTA NKUNA

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.

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