Former Municipal Manager arrested for R2.4 Million Fraud

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The former acting Municipal Manager for Bojanala District Municipality Pogisho Patrick Shikwane (51) made an appearance before the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 19 September 2022.He was arrested by the Hawks on Saturday, for alleged contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act  (MFMA).

It is alleged that on 08 December 2017 whilst serving as an acting Municipal Manager, SHikwane irregularly appointed a company called Big Time Strategic Consultants to provide Information Communication Technology (ICT) audit services and development of an ICT strategy for the municipality for over R2.4 million.

Hawks Spokesperson in North West Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said it is reported that Big Time Strategic Consultants was at the time appointed to render the same services at Moses Kotane Municipality where the accused previously served as a Municipal Manager. “The accused allegedly obtained written consent to inherit the said contract from Moses Kotane Municipality as per Regulation 32 of 2005 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations.

Subsequent to the appointment, it is alleged that services were not rendered to Bojanala District Municipality, however over R2.4 million was allegedly paid unlawfully to Big Time Strategic Consultants”.

The matter is postponed to 26 September 2022 for disclosure and the bail was set at R10 000.

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