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Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The standing committee on partition and public participation will press criminal charges against the manager of Blouberg municipality for allegedly embezzling R32million.

The manager, Ike Makhura. and his council allegedly embezzled the money between 2002 and 2003.

The decision to charge Makhura has been endorsed by the Limpopo legislature.

The money was reported unaccounted for by the South African National Civic Association (Sanco) after conducting its own investigations.

The probe found that R29million had gone missing and could not be traced.

The investigations further revealed that R736000 was released by the municipality for Alldays debts but no records were provided. Alldays is a small town within the municipality.

The investigations further revealed that Makhura had overstepped his authority by overpaying his staff in salaries to the tune of R600000 without the council's approval.

Other forms of maladministration discovered by the committee included allegations that Makhura used R10000 on airtime for section 57 municipal managers.

It is further alleged that Makhura was unable to account for 150 bags of cement stolen from the municipality, R23000, which was withdrawn from the municipality's bank account, and a tipper truck worth R200000, reportedly stolen from the institution.

Sanco wants Makhura dismissed immediately.

"Makhura must just do the honourable thing and resign. We can no longer trust him with our funds and therefore he must just leave," Sanco chairman of the Capricorn region Hlengani Baloyi said yesterday.

Makhura said yesterday he was prepared to defend himself in any court in the country.


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