Corruption case opened against Tlokwe Municipality

A corruption and fraud case has been opened against the Tlokwe Local Municipality for allegedly misusing state funds to pay two contractors for the same contract.

The contract is to provide storm water drains and tarred roads in Ikageng outside Potchefstroom.

COPE spokesperson in North West, Kenneth Maduna says: “We opened the case as the Congress of the People and the DA, whereby one of the contractors was paid 2.8 million whereas the contract was terminated, because of poor workmanship, and then contract was given to the next person.”

“So, the municipality has paid two the same amount to two contractors, the one who didn’t complete the job, and the one who completed the job. So, that’s why we opened the case of corruption as well as fraud.”

However, Tlokwe mayor Khotso Khumalo has denied the allegations.

“So far the matter is in court, but apart from that, it is incorrect to say we paid anybody money which they didn’t deserve. We can only confirm that there were contractors that were removed by some of the employees in the council.”

Meanwhile, parties and independent candidates contesting the Tlokwe municipal by-elections around Potchefstroom in the North West are expected to wrap up their campaigns this weekend.

They will be canvassing in various wards of Tlokwe ahead of Wednesday’s vote.

The Tlokwe by elections will be contested in seven wards. Parties contesting the elections are the ANC, DA and independent candidates.

While the national leadership of both the ANC and DA are expected to converge at Tlokwe for their door to door campaigns, independent candidates will also be canvassing for votes in six of the seven contested wards.

The highly contested wards will be ward 18, which will be contested by both the ANC and independent candidates. Ward 4 and 13 will be contested by the ANC and DA.

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