Former Municipal manager in court for R11 Million Tender fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 39 year old Nqobile Sithole appeared before the Rustenburg Regional Court on for contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) in connection with the alleged appointment of a service provider for a contract worth over R11 million.

It is alleged that in August 2017, Rustenburg Municipality unlawfully adopted a contract by the Free State Department of Transport, supposedly in terms of Regulation 32 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulation.

North West Hawks spokesperson Tlangelani Rikhotso said the Department of Transport had appointed a service provider to render services related to the hiring of construction plant and machinery (yellow fleet).

“It is alleged that when Rustenburg Municipality adopted the contract, the prescripts of Regulation 32 were not followed, in that, they did not get permission from the Department of Transport before adopting the contract. Additionally, instead of sticking to the original scope of the contract, they deviated and purchased light motor vehicles worth approximately R11 983 271.50”.

The matter is postponed to 19 September 2022 for disclosure of docket.

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