Mo­re weig­ht be­ars do­wn on Waxa

New ca­se o­pe­ned a­gainst the dis­po­sed coun­cil­lor

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - N­wa­bi­sa Pon­do­yi

The term “It ne­ver rains but it pours” couldn’t be tru­er than in the ca­se of Knys­na’s for­mer Ward 4 coun­cil­lor Ve­li­le Waxa, as a­not­her doc­ket a­gainst him was o­pe­ned at the po­li­ce sta­ti­on last week. Waxa was first char­ged with the mur­der of Ward 8 coun­cil­lor Vic­tor Mo­lo­si in Ju­ly, and has been in cus­to­dy sin­ce his ar­rest in Au­gust.

The in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor was dis­mis­sed on 1 No­vem­ber af­ter the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­que­sted lo­cal go­vern­ment MEC An­ton B­re­del to re­mo­ve him be­cau­se he was found guil­ty of in­ter­fe­ring with the ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty by gi­ving di­rect in­structi­ons to hou­sing of­fi­ci­als, in­ter­fe­ring with the stan­dard p­ri­cing of tem­po­ra­ry mu­ni­ci­pal hou­sing as well as ver­bal­ly a­bu­sing a mem­ber of the pu­blic.

On Wed­nes­day 7 No­vem­ber, Ward 4 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers o­pe­ned a ca­se a­gainst him ba­sed on the sa­me fin­dings. The ward’s ANC chai­r­per­son Sa­mu­el Ma­ni­na said he and ot­hers fol­lo­wed in­structi­on from the com­mu­ni­ty to o­pen a ca­se a­gainst Waxa.

Ma­ni­na said no one from the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ap­pro­a­ched them to tell them that their coun­cil­lor had been re­mo­ved from of­fi­ce and that t­hey took it u­pon them­sel­ves to or­ga­ni­se the meet­ing and ad­dress “the e­lep­hant in the room”.

“We u­sed loud­hai­lers and in­vi­ted e­ver­yo­ne to co­me to the meet­ing and so ma­ny t­hings ca­me out of that meet­ing. But w­hat re­mains cle­ar is that our coun­cil­lor was cor­rupt and so was his com­mit­tee be­cau­se t­hey we­re in­vol­ved in the de­ci­si­on ma­king,” said Ma­ni­na. “So­me pe­op­le are still sca­red to share their stories, but t­his is a start,” he said.

Knys­na po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Ser­ge­ant Chris S­pies con­fir­med t­his week that a mem­ber of the pu­blic o­pe­ned a ca­se of fraud fol­lo­wing al­le­ged ir­re­gu­la­ri­ties with pro­cu­re­ment pro­ces­ses at the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty du­ring 2016.

“The mat­ter was trans­fer­red to the com­mer­ci­al cri­mes u­nit ba­sed in Oudts­hoorn… In­ves­ti­ga­ti­on in­to t­his mat­ter is still at a very e­ar­ly sta­ge and no sus­pects ha­ve been ar­res­ted or char­ged yet.”

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