R7.8 Million Municipal Manager’s fraud case postponed

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The Atamelang Regional Court in North West Province postponed the case against the former Acting Municipal Manager of Ratlou Local Municipality, Cassius Sejake (46), to 20 May 2022, for legal consultation following the appointment of a new legal representative. Sejake’s previous attorney withdrew from the record due to Sejake’s lack of cooperation. His R5000 bail was extended until the next court appearance.

Sejake was arrested by the Hawks in September 2020, on charges related to the contravention of Section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), after allegedly flouting tender processes to the value of R7,8 million, between 2018 and 2019, when he was acting municipal manager at Ratlou Local Municipality.

North West National Prosecuting Authority Spokesperson Henry Mamothame said it is alleged that Sejake failed as the then accounting officer, to take reasonable steps to ensure that procurement processes were followed and observed. “Service providers were allegedly appointed without a competitive bidding process.”

Mamothame reiterated that investigations have been completed and the state is ready to proceed with pre-trial conferencing for the trial to commence.

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