After almost R1m disappears

Selby Makgotho

Selby Makgotho

Five employees of the Polokwane local municipality's licencing department appeared before an internal disciplinary committee following the disappearance of almost R1million.

The officials appeared before the disciplinary committee was chaired by prominent attorney Madala Phatudi.

The five, Kgabo Mabotja, Maudie Phasha, Margaret Southon, Monica Seletela, and Kgopa Madisha, have been suspended with full pay after the municipality charged them with theft, fraud, corruption and undermining the authority of the council.

They were suspended following the disappearance of R933951,45 between June and December last year.

The theft resulted in the municipality experiencing huge financial losses.

It is alleged that the accuse, who are cashiers at the municipality's licensing department, pocketed fees for traffic fines, renewal of car licences, drivers' and learners' licences.

Simon Mokoateli, a spokesman for the Polokwane local municipality, said the five were nabbed after the council established an internal probe.

He said the probe was established after the licensing department's account ran dry and the banks dishonoured its cheques.

Phatudi yesterday said the hearing was postponed to May 22 and 23 after the legal representatives of the accused asked for postponement to enable them to study certain documents and also go through the charge sheet.