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THE embattled municipal manager of Nkomazi has been granted R2000 bail following his arrest on charges of mismanaging more than R1million.
Police said Sabelo Shabangu, who was granted bail yesterday in the Malelane magistrate's court, faces charges of contravening section 173 of the Municipal Finance Act.
Police spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi said: "We charged him on Monday on allegations that he gave out millions worth of tenders without following proper procedures and also failed to do follow-ups by sending inspectors to evaluate the work done.
"The municipality alleges that some of the tenders awarded to companies were paid despite any work being done."
Hlathi said preliminary investigations suggested that Shabangu could have been involved in the mismanagement of municipality funds worth more than R1million.
Shabangu's case was postponed to March 29 and will be heard at the local a regional court. He was suspended in 2008 after forensic investigators were appointed to probe allegations of mismanagement and financial irregularities against him.
Shabangu's suspension and investigation followed many questions by elected councillors and community leaders about his management of council water infrastructure, capital projects and infrastructure grants from national and provincial government.
The alleged mismanagement included questions over payment for water delivery by council water tankers to isolated villages without piped water.
While Shabangu insisted that his arrest was politically motivated, police said they were led to him by the crimes he allegedly committed. "We will never be used for political gain or otherwise," Hlathi said.