Crim­i­nal case opened against mu­nic­i­pal­ity for al­legedly over­pay­ing con­trac­tor

The Mercury - - METRO - THAMI MAGUBANE | thami.magubane@inl.co.za

A CRIM­I­NAL CASE has been opened against the Rich­mond Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for al­legedly over­pay­ing a con­trac­tor by more than half a mil­lion rand.

It was opened by DA coun­cil­lor Good­man Madondo and im­pli­cates sev­eral se­nior man­agers in the al­leged over­pay­ment.

Hawks pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Sim­phiwe Mh­longo con­firmed that a case had been opened but could not go into de­tails.

He said the case had been re­cently trans­ferred to the Hawks from the Rich­mond po­lice sta­tion.

Madondo said the pay­ment was one of sev­eral that have raised red flags and, con­se­quently, they would be de­mand­ing that all pay­ments made af­ter the death of the then mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, Sibu­siso Sit­hole, be in­ves­ti­gated.

Sit­hole was gunned down in Rich­mond last year, a few days be­fore he was due to leave that job.

At the cen­tre of the crim­i­nal case are al­le­ga­tions that se­nior staff mem­bers in the coun­cil had au­tho­rised that a con­trac­tor be over­paid by more than R700 000.

“The con­trac­tor of one of the ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects in the area had sent an in­voice of R272 000, but these man­agers au­tho­rised that the con­trac­tor be paid R1 mil­lion,” said Madondo.

He said the in­voice was pro­cessed on April 25, 2017.

Three se­nior man­agers are fin­gered in the pay­ment. At­tempts to reach some of the of­fi­cials named were un­suc­cess­ful.

Mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Si­bonelo Bhengu said they could not speak in de­tail as it was a po­lice mat­ter.

“How­ever, we be­lieve the coun­cil­lor should have first tabled the mat­ter at the coun­cil be­fore tak­ing it to the po­lice, so he could have clar­ity on the al­le­ga­tions he is mak­ing. We be­lieve he has in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion. We will now wait to present such in­for­ma­tion to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties,” he said.

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