Bakgatla tribal office head quits
AN EMPLOYEE of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela tribal authority, who was implicated in a multi-million-rand fraud, has resigned.
Lorraine Masipa, the tribe's head of corporate affairs, handed in her resignation letter last week after her suspension. The tribe is from Moruleng village outside Rustenburg in North West.
Masipa declined to comment, referring all questions to the tribe's chief executive officer Meshack Molope.
The tribe's director of communications Kebone Molope confirmed Masipa had resigned, but would not divulge her reasons for leaving her job.
Kebone refused to comment on allegations that Masipa had forged Meshack Molope's signature on aR8-million cheque.
"Yes, Masipa has resigned and she was on suspension pending an investigation and a hearing. Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela traditional authority reserves the right to investigate the matter to verify the extent of the allegations levelled against Masipa," Kebone said.
"Remember one is innocent until proven guilty," she said.
Masipa's resignation follows that of chief Nyalala Pilane, who stepped down last week following the arrival of the tribe's paramount chief Kgafela Kgafela from Botswana.
Caroline Rammutla from Pilane's office had conceded that "there are rumours doing the rounds" that Pilane had resigned, but would only say "no comment" when asked if the rumours were true.
Kgafela's return to Moruleng has been attributed "to carrying out his duties".