Leaked report shows tender irregularities, fraud at Lesedi municipality

A yet unpublished report, seen by 702, has revealed a leaking of allegations over tender irregularities, fraud and irregular appointment of senior managers at the troubled Lesedi Local Municipality in the Sedibeng district.

The leaked document has revealed how one of the senior managers was irregularly appointed.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is yet to finalise her report. The accounting officer is yet to comment before the report is made public.

The community has been calling for mayor Lerato Maloka to be fired following failed service delivery in the area.

The leaked report shows that the Public Protector has revealed how the law was not followed when the municipality awarded two tenders amounting to just below R500,000.

Joanne Joseph speaks to Eyewitness News reporter Edwin Ntshidi, who has been following the story and Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng spokesperson on finance Adriana Randall, on the report.

According to the report, the manager of special programmes, Melekola Melato [also known as maDlamini], applied for that position with fake qualifications. She is getting a salary of R449,000 per annum with benefits.

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - Eyewitness News

The Auditor General also made findings against Ms Melato, saying she doesn't qualify for the position and she shouldn't be there.

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - Eyewitness News

We are hearing from our sources that acting municipal manager Gugu Thimane is being targeted for refusing to do what our senior officials are doing.

Edwin Ntshidi, Reporter - Eyewitness News

Gugu went out of her way to follow tender processes. She has been made to look like the scapegoat.

Adriana Randall, Spokesperson on finance - Democratic Alliance, Gauteng

Listen to the full interview below...


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