Manager accused of filching funds

Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

A war of words has erupted between 16 employees of the Ikageng Community Empowerment Project and their chairman, whom they accuse of embezzling funds in Mopye village in Bolobedu near Tzaneen.

The workers accuse Masilo Boima of using the money without informing the committee.

Boima was the winner of the Old Mutual, Sowetan and SABC Community Builder award for 2007.

Project secretary Nankie Lebea said it all started after he (Boima) won the national competition that came with a cash prize of R65 000, a certificate and a trophy.

Lebea said according to the rules of the competition, Boima was supposed to take R15000 for himself and give R50 000 to the project.

"He went on to demand a further R15 000 from the R50000 that was deposited into the project's account," Lebea said.

Lebea told Sowetan that Boima had allegedly rented items belonging to the project, such as wardrobes and wall units, to his friends over weekends and kept the money.

Boima said he was aware of financial challenges at the project but did not appreciate the fact that workers failed to approach him before going to the media.

Spokesman for the provincial department of sports, arts and culture, Adele van der Linde said the matter would be investigated.