Cops looking for chief

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

A controversial Limpopo chief is slowly but surely becoming synonymous with controversy.

Chief Mashile Marksman Phasha, pictured, of the Baroka-ba-ga-Nkwana tribe has been embroiled in one controversy after another.

Phasha, 54, is now being sought by the police in connection with a fraud and corruption case.

This follows allegations that the self-proclaimed chief had registered two cars belonging to the tribal authority under his son's name.

Phasha allegedly did so without consulting the tribal council or the community he serves.

Limpopo police spokesman Senior Superintendent Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed yesterday that the police's commercial crimes unit was investigating a fraud and corruption case against Phasha.

Police allegedly came looking for the two cars at the weekend. They had to leave the village when angry community members aligned to Phasha allegedly threatened them with violence.

Approached for comment yesterday, Mojapelo said: "We went to the village to fetch the cars in question but found only a Colt Rodeo bakkie.

"After threats by the community we had to leave to ensure the situation did not get out of hand."