Ex-mayor testifies in trial of bogus NIA spy

There was no corruption during her administration, the former mayor of Bojanala in North West told the Rustenburg magistrates' court yesterday.

There was no corruption during her administration, the former mayor of Bojanala in North West told the Rustenburg magistrates' court yesterday.

Gertrude Tema was testifying against a 44-year-old man accused of impersonating a spy from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Testifying before magistrate Moagi Khonou, Tema said she met the accused, Herman Molwantwa, in her office in 2005.

Molwantwa said he was investigating corruption at the municipality and wanted files on some municipal officials.

She said she arranged for Molwantwa to get the information he wanted, and he was to give the municipality the evidence of corruption that he found in return.

She conceded that at the time there were rumours that some officials were corrupt but there was no evidence of this.

Tema said she doubted Molwantwa's credentials after he had interrogated the former municipal manager, Tebogo Makgalemela.

Molwantwa told Makgalemela that he was investigating him and he knew Makgalemela had hidden millions of rands.

After this encounter with Makgalemela, Tema contacted the NIA in Mafikeng and found that Molwantwa was not an agent of the agency.

Makgalemela and a former councillor, Sam Mochine, also testified.

The trial of Molwantwa was postponed to April 10 to allow the state to call two more witness.

His bail was extended until his next court appearance.

Wearing a black suit on which he wore the emblem of the Zion Christian Church, Molwantwa seemed to be relaxed in the dock as he listened to a succession of witnesses testifying against him. - Sapa

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