Mayor under R500m probe
THE ANC in Free State has inaugurated Max Moeketsi Moshodi as executive mayor of Fezile Dabi district municipality despite the fact that the police are investigating him for corruption involving more than R500million.
Moshodi is the former mayor of the Ngwathe municipality and was inaugurated last Friday as executive mayor for the district municipality that oversees Ngwathe and three other local municipalities.
The report of the auditor-general, which was tabled in the council this year, accused Moshodi and Ngwathe municipal manager Norman Selai of of financial irregularities.
"More than R500million was unaccounted for," said PAC Free State secretary Papi Mafubedu, who laid the corruption charge.
The report further says that 19 suppliers to the municipality were found to have the same bank account numbers as other suppliers.
"This might result in payments being wrongly or fraudulently deposited into the bank accounts of other suppliers," the report said.
"What the ANC is saying is that he (Moshodi) must go and loot more," Mafubedu said.
Last month the municipality's executive committee suspended head of procurement Makale Mogale, but Selai later reinstated him.
"The suspects should have been arrested four months ago. We have been waiting for the response on what is happening with the case. There is a clear indication that there is political interference," Mafubedu said.
Free State National Prosecutions Authority spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said the case had been taken back to the police for investigation.
"It was not clear from the police investigation who had approved the money. The docket has been sent back."
ANC Free State spokesperson William Bulwane confirmed Moshodi's inauguration.
"In the ANC, once the higher structure has decided, we all have to respect the decision as disciplined members ... even if we didn't like the decision," Bulwane said.