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Parties baying for Mehale's blood

By unknown | Nov 15, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

The Limpopo legislature has given Ben Mehale, the suspended head of the Gateway International Airport in Polokwane, until the end of February to pay back R25,5million.

The provincial standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), which conducted the probe, gave Mehale until February 28 to repay the money.

The legislature in Lebowakgomo convened yesterday to consider a report into the millions of rands allegedly irregularly spent on the International Transport Convention held at the airport in May last year.

The auditor-general reported financial and procedural mismanagement by the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport in connection with the convention. The report said Mehale should not be allowed to hold public office for the rest of his life.

Questions were also raised yesterday about the way in which he was appointed. He has only a primary school teaching certificate.

Provincial legislators were united in calling for the resignation of Stan Motimele as roads and transport MEC. Premier Sello Moloto came under pressure from ANC provincial legislators and opposition parties who want him to fire Motimele.


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