Mphahlele royal war over funds drags on

African Times - - News - ISAAC RAMOTHWALA

Lawyers for the Mphahlele Royal Coun­cil have lodged an ap­peal against a rul­ing made by the Polokwane High Court in favour of the Bak­gaga ba ga Mphahlele Tra­di­tional Au­thor­ity.

The Coun­cil went to court to ask that it force the Tra­di­tional Au­thor­ity to ap­point a new cu­ra­tor to man­age com­mu­nity funds. They also wanted the reign­ing re­gent Kgoši­gadi Ng­wanamo­hube Phatudi-Mphahlele re­moved. They said this would lead to more trans­parency re­gard­ing the man­age­ment of pub­lic funds and fin­gered her as an ob­sta­cle to this de­vel­op­ment.

The Coun­cil ac­cused Phatudi-Mphahlele of cor­rup­tion and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds claim­ing that a sum of R2mil­lion had gone miss­ing from the com­mu­nity’s purse. They ac­cused Phatudi-Mphahlele and her son Malekutu Phatudi-Mphahlele of us­ing R200 000 from the Mphahlele Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust Ac­count to pur­chase fuel for their pri­vate cars.

They also ac­cused them of fail­ing to per­form com­mu­nity du­ties and asked the court to freeze the Trust’s ac­count. Phatudi-Mphahlele was also ac­cused of sell­ing min­ing rights be­long­ing to the Mphahlele Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust to the own­ers of Dithabeng min­ing com­pany.

How­ever, lawyers for Phatudi-Mphahlele ar­gued that it was clear that the Coun­cil was push­ing its own agenda, say­ing it has a per­sonal ven­detta against the her and Malekutu. They also ar­gued that ap­pli­cants did not have sub­stan­tive ev­i­dence to sup­port the claims of cor­rup­tion.

Fol­low­ing submissions by both par­ties, the court ruled in Phatudi-Mphahlele’s favour. The case was dis­missed with costs.

Nkokolo Mphahlele of the Royal Coun­cil said that they had al­ready in­structed their le­gal team to file an ap­peal.

“I can con­firm that our le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives have ap­plied for an ap­peal fol­low­ing the court judg­ment. We will pro­vide the court with new ev­i­dence and un­til the judg­ment is passed in the ap­peal, we de­mand that the Trust’s ac­count be frozen,” he said.

He con­cluded that they will also ap­ply for an in­ter­dict to have the Chrome Mine Ditha­ba­neng to be closed. He said the com­mu­nity is not sat­is­fied with prom­ises made by mine of­fi­cials.

Res­i­dents in com­mu­ni­ties such as Se­falaolo and Seleteng have protested to de­mand that the mine must cre­ate jobs and build roads in the area.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela / Visu­alBuzz SA

Kgoši­gadi Ng­wanamo­hube PhatudiMphahlele.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.