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By unknown | May 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Mayor Ralepane Mamekwa of Greater Tubatse had to hitch a ride from a colleague after a sheriff from Lydenburg seized his luxury municipal vehicle on Friday.

The municipality had ignored a court order to pay R1,4million to four managers who were suspended last year.

More municipal property is expected to be confiscated from the penniless municipality this week.

Chief finance officer David Mogofe, director of corporate services Burton Koma, technical services director Stephen Nkadimeng and human resources manager Strydom Makofane were suspended after the municipality accused them of rigging tenders worth R6million.

They took the municipality to court and were found not guilty. The council offered to reinstate Mogofe and Koma but Makofane and Nkadimeng were offered a golden handshake in return for their resignations.

Makofane, who earned R350000 a year, was offered R500000 and R250000 for his Volvo S40. Nkadimeng was offered a R150000 and another R540000 for the six months that were left of his contract.

Hours before the sheriff swooped hundreds of residents had protested against poor service delivery.

Officials told them services could not be delivered because the municipality was bankrupt.

Tubatse borrowed R26million from the Development Bank of South Africa last month in an effort to wriggle out of its financial difficulties.


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