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THE OR Tambo District Municipality has
managed to recover about R2-million of R9-
million stolen from it by a former employee.
This follows thorough investigations
which started last year after themunicipali-
ty reported the fraud and corruption cases
to the National Prosecuting Authority
The investigations led to the arrest of the
former employee and her sister in Queens-
town last Wednesday (August 19) by corrup-
tion task team members in the Directorate
for Priority Crime Investigations (the
It was also revealed that their two compa-
nies, which were fraudulently receiving
huge amounts ofmoney from themunicipal-
ity, also face prosecution.
The sisters were formally charged with
fraud, alternatively theft, of R9 154 307.
During the arrests, the Hawks were ac-
companied by members of the Asset Forfei-
ture Unit in the NPA, who executed a re-
straining order granted by the Graham-
stown High Court on August 11 against the
remaining assets of the accused, which in-
clude a house in Rowallan Park, Port Eliza-
beth, and various motor vehicles.
NPA spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza said
they had managed to recover the R2-million
because they had frozen all the suspects
bank accounts and the suspects had not had
access to their accounts during the investi-
He expressed his gratitude for the cooper-
ation they had received from themunicipal-
ity during the investigations.
It is alleged that the accused were using
the money to acquire items like furniture,
cars and properties inEast London andPort
The fraud allegedly started in 2007 and the
accused, who was working in OR Tambo as
an assistant project accountant, allegedly
used double remittances for services pro-
vided to the municipality.
Each time, the second payment would be
endorsed as that of the service provider,
while the actual remittance would be paid
into the personal bank account of the former
municipality employee or those of two com-
panies of which she was a director.
Assets would then be acquired for self-
benefit and the balance used to purchase
groceries, airtime and other personal items
as well as to settle debit orders.
In this way, the stolen funds were laun-
dered, Ndwalaza said.
Deputymayor Thandekile Sabisa said the
municipality was committed to fighting
fraud and corruption.
Fraud represents a significant potential
risk to the municipalitys assets, service de-
livery efficiency and reputation. This mu-
nicipality does not tolerate corrupt or fraud-
ulent activities, whether internal or exter-
nal, Sabisa said.
The two sisters are expected to appear be-
fore court soon, after the conclusion of the
remaining investigations. More arrests are
OR Tambo District Municipality officials with a cheque for the amount that was recovered during
the corruption investigation. PHOTO: SIM MDLEDLE
EACHERS must take the
foundation phase of edu-
cation seriously as it was
the basis for Grade 12 pu-
pils, Basic Education An-
gie Motshekga has said.
Shewas speaking during the hand-
ing over of theR20-millionNkonkwa-
na Junior Secondary School in Wil-
lowvalewhichwasbuiltby the Indus-
trial Development Corporation
It is one of the IDCs supported
tyof education,particularly in theru-
I am happy the IDC has assisted
the department and made the life of
these pupils easier by building this
beautiful school, Motshekga said.
We hope the teachers will work
even harder to build the future of
these pupils. The department is try-
ing by all means to ensure that our
children are not suffering from pov-
erty. That is why we have nutrition
She said they would like teachers
to focus on quality, especially in pri-
mary schools, and parents and teach-
ers must encourage their children to
read books and visit libraries.
She promised they would make
sure the school had a library and pu-
pilswouldalsoget tablets fromthede-
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena said as
responsible citizens theycouldnot sit
down and fold their armswhen there
was still a lot to be done - like invest-
ing in education.
The IDC has played its role in
helping schools, which is why we
adopted 20 schools in the Eastern
Cape, includingNkonkwana JSS.We
do that because we know the coun-
tries which become successful are
those which invest in education.
He said Nkonkwana was very dif-
ferent from other schools as they had
had to start everything from scratch
since the school had only had a ron-
davel and a two-room building.
Theyhad thought theywouldbuild
only three classrooms, but they had
changed their minds after the exist-
ing buildings had been destroyed by
rooms, an admission block and a nu-
Principal Patricia Mhlathi said it
was still hard to believe that their
school had changed into a better
We thank IDC for what they have
done for us. The children used to sit
on crates. This school was estab-
lished in1930, butuntil todaynothing
had been done even though we had
asked several times to get help from
the government, Mhlathi said.
LEFT: Basic Education
Minister Angie Motshekga
after unveiling the plaque.
RIGHT: Classrooms built by
the IDC for the pupils of
Nkonkwana Junior Second
ary School. PHOTOS:
District municipality recovers R2million stolen by employee
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ELEVEN people who were charged with pub-
lic violence after massive protests in Ugie
have been granted bail of R1 000 each by the
Maclear Magistrates Court.
The accused were arrested in separate pro-
tests, but appeared on the same day and in
the same court.
Two men and three women were arrested
on Tuesday, August 11, and a woman and five
menwere arrested onMonday,August 17, aft-
er a clash with the police during the protest.
In this clash, some community members
were injured and rushed to hospital.
Community leader Phumza Tyaliti con-
firmed that the bail had been granted, but
said the people were still in custody as the
community was trying to raise funds to pay
She said one of those arrested had been a
woman who was released after it