Stokvel’s R92k al­legedly ‘lost’

Nd­lambe ward 7 coun­cil­lor ac­cused of theft and fraud

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

Nd­lambe ward 7 coun­cil­lor Mbuyiseli Yali has had a case of fraud and theft opened against him by the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers for al­legedly steal­ing R92,000 from a stokvel that he ad­min­is­trated on be­half of the mem­bers.

The mat­ter was brought to the at­ten­tion of Talk of the Town when we re­ceived a com­mu­nique from the EFF’s Nd­lambe sub-re­gion, de­mand­ing that ac­tion be taken against Yali.

The doc­u­ment states that Yali, a ward 7 coun­cil­lor since his ap­point­ment by the ANC fol­low­ing the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, must pay back the money that was al­legedly stolen and be dis­missed as a coun­cil­lor.

“The el­derly have lost con­fi­dence in the var­i­ous av­enues which they have pur­sued in­clud­ing hav­ing in­formed the or­gan­i­sa­tion to which Cllr Yali be­longs, the ANC.

“The el­derly are now forced to look to the ju­rispru­dence to retrieve their monies and en­sure that jus­tice is served.

“How­ever, the re­trieval of the R92,000 will not erase the act of [al­leged] crim­i­nal­ity by Cllr Yali, thus the Speaker should act ac­cord­ingly to pro­tect the in­tegrity of Nd­lambe mu­nic­i­pal­ity and to send a strong mes­sage that this mu­nic­i­pal­ity does not em­brace lead­ers who pick-pocket from the poor,” read the doc­u­ment.

Yali was the ap­pointed ad­min­is­tra­tor of the stokvel, which col­lected money from the com­mu­nity, mostly pen­sion­ers, in­tended to be re­dis­tributed among them at the start of the re­cent fes­tive sea­son to cover their ex­penses.

It is al­leged that Yali col­lected the R92,000 from a bank in Port Al­fred and was on his way to Bathurst when he was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

EFF mem­ber Xolisa Runeli, one of the doc­u­ment’s sig­na­to­ries, re­lated that Yali had no rea­son to be trav­el­ling to Bathurst when he was sup­posed to take the money di­rectly to the stock­vel mem­bers.

“Why did he travel past New Rest where the peo­ple were, and go to Bathurst with all that money?” Runeli asked.

“What sort of ac­ci­dent did he have? Peo­ple were phon­ing him all day but only man­aged to speak with him later when he con­fessed that the money was lost.”

“The EFF’s call for the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of coun­cil­lor Yali, which will ul­ti­mately lead to his in­evitable dis­missal, is in­formed by con­tra­ven­tions of the Mu­nic­i­pal Sys­tems Act and the Eth­i­cal Code of gov­er­nance,” the doc­u­ment stated.

“The EFF in­ten­si­fies its call that Cllr Yali is not be­fit­ting of the po­si­tion that he holds and thus, the Speaker must use her pow­ers to pro­tect the cred­i­bil­ity of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity . . .” Runeli said.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Mali Goven­der con­firmed the EFF had laid charges of theft and fraud against Yali at the Ne­mato po­lice sta­tion on De­cem­ber 31.

Sub­se­quently, a meet­ing was called by Nd­lambe speaker, coun­cil­lor Vi­vian Mapha­phu at Jauka Hall on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 2, to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

How­ever, TotT was not al­lowed to be present at the pri­vate meet­ing be­tween the speaker, var­i­ous ANC mem­bers and the af­fected com­mu­nity.

De­spite ask­ing for com­ment, no word has been re­ceived from any­one at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, ex­cept to say that the mat­ter was be­ing dealt with by Mapha­phu, and no ac­tion had yet been taken against Yali.

CALL­ING FOR AC­COUNT­ABIL­ITY: Xolisa Runeli of the EFF is call­ing for the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of the ANC’s ward 7 coun­cil­lor Mbuyiseli Yali, for al­leged fraud and theft in­volv­ing a stokvel

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