Five appear in court for Dihlabeng fraud

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – Ntokozo Shabalala, 41, Mokgeseng Johannes Lesibe, 48, Broody Fezile Thoboza, 42, Isaac Moreki Mosenohi 36, Sabata Mofokeng, 50 have appeared before the Fouriesburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 01 June in connection with Dihlabeng Local Municipality, Fouriesburg pump station tender.

Shabalala, Lesibe, Thoboza, Mosenohi, and Mofokeng were granted R5000 bail each.

The municipality was prejudiced and suffered a total loss of more than R9 million. The accused faced charges of fraud, forgery and uttering.

The Free State spokesperson Captain Christopher Singoindicated that it is alleged that during 2020, a municipal infrastructure grant was allocated to Dihlabeng Local Municipality for upgrading of Fouriesburg pump station.

It was further reported that Shabalala the former director of Infrastructure and Development appointed the service providers, Pump Group SA, Turbo Tech, Toboza and Nakeni engineers without following the tender processes,” said Singo.

It is alleged that the service providers submitted invoices for the services that were not rendered.

The case against the accused has been remanded to 19 June 2023 for appearance in Bethlehem Commercial Crimes Court.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaderrJulius Malema has recently addressed residents of Dihlabengabout service delivery and the 2024 national general elections.

During the party Siyabonga Rally in Ward 17 in Dihlabeng, Malema announced that the EFF is going to double the efforts of taking over the troubled municipality and the province of Free State.

Next year, we are going to double the efforts. Next year, re letsa thupa more than what we have done now. Re batla hore the whole of Free State must belong to the EFF,” said Malema.

The EFF said the victory in Ward 17 by-elections, is a major highlight of the party’s 10 years of unbroken struggle ahead of the 10th anniversary celebration.

The victory further sets the tone for the EFF’s inevitable quantitative and qualitative electoral growth ahead of the 2024 National General Elections.”

The ambitious Malema claimed that under the governance and leadership of the EFF, South African residents won’t be affected by the ongoing Eskom power cuts.

Le ska wara the people of South Africa, Loadshedding will be something of the past, under the EFF government. Only the EFF can save Eskom,” said Malema.

“Loadshedding will be something of the past, under the EFF” -Julius Malema

“Loadshedding will be something of the past, under the EFF” -Julius Malema



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