Ex-mayor faces fraud claims

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The Mookgophong municipality in Limpopo has failed to act against a senior official who has been linked to corruption scandals involving thousands of rands.

The municipality's former mayor, Malose Kekana, was fingered in the auditor-general's report as having benefited from dubious transactions.

Kekana allegedly received commissions from transactions concluded by the municipality with companies owned by his associates.

The report said Kekana received R100000 for the purchase of Gruisfontein farm, which was sold for R1,8 million, and R50000 for the purchase of Haakdoringskuil farm, bought for R850000 from Jurina Properties in January 2005.

The report also pointed out that Kekana had failed to recuse himself from proceedings when the sale of the properties was concluded, as required by law.

Khoro Mathivha, a manager in mayor Sarah Lamola's office, admitted yesterday that they had so far failed to act against Kekana.

He said they were awaiting a council resolution as to what action to take against the former mayor.

"It is true that the municipality has failed in its duties to take a tough stance against Kekana. The findings of the auditor-general are of a serious nature and warranted punitive measures against anyone found at fault," said Mathivha.

Kekana refused to comment , saying he will do so only after the council resolution .