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By unknown | Aug 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Makhuduthamaga Council in Limpopo is up in arms with its municipal manager who allegedly defied its order to suspend two employees accused in a R2million tender fraud.

The municipality is now seeking legal advice on what action to take against Richard Sekonya.

Sekonya allegedly defied a council resolution to suspend two officials who are being investigated on allegations of corruption.

The council had instructed Sekonya to suspend Edwina Moyaba, the municipality's chief financial officer, and John Mgebisa, director of technical services. They allegedly took part in defrauding the municipality of more than R2million.

The two were arrested two weeks ago, together with former mayor Abram Mafiri, a businessman, an independent consultant and two contractors.

The five are out on bail until their next court appearance on October 25.

The suspension had been recommended to commence with effect from August 10.

However, instead of Sekonya implementing the council resolution, he defied the order and instructed the two to report back to work.

Mayor Queen Mokhabela confirmed yesterday that Moyaba and Mgebisa were back at work, at the instruction of Sekonya.

"As an accounting officer, Sekonya was tasked with implementing a council resolution, but it seems he is defiant.

"That is why we are seeking legal opinion on the matter. And based on the lawyers' advice, we will take things from there," said Mokhabela.

She said the council had sought the services of a lawyer from outside because they did not have their own.

"We do not want a situation where officials will interfere with our internal investigations into their activities," she said.

Moyaba and Mgebisa were part of a group of seven people who were arrested by the Pretoria-based specialised commercial crimes investigation unit.


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