FORMER municipal manager of Dr JS Moroka Municipality, Thammy Khubheka (50), appeared before the Siyabuswa Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 22 November.
This was after he was arrested by the Hawks Middelburg-based Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit for fraud, theft and contravention of the (National Treasury) MFMA.
Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Dineo Sekgotodi said it’s alleged that in 2019, Kubheka unlawfully approved the appointment of certain service providers.
“The Bid Adjudication Committee declared the appointment irregular as it did not comply with the supply chain management policy and the Constitution. It’s alleged that when the appointments were approved, the accused referred to a non-existent meeting. He further utilised the security services of the municipality for his own benefit,” she said.
Sekgotodi said the municipality suffered a loss of R4.3 million.
“The accused was released on R10 000 bail and the case was postponed to 6 February 2023. He will appear at the Middelburg Commercial Crimes Court. Investigation in the matter is continuing,” she said.
Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) councillor in Nkangala District Municipality, Motswaledi Rankapole, said they welcome the arrest of the former municipal manager even though it took almost four years for this case to be cracked.
“The money that was wasted could have been used to render services to the people. Our people are struggling and don’t have proper roads, water and other basic needs,” said Rankapole.
Rankapole said F4SD is convinced that Khubheka might not have acted alone in this matter and believe more people will be arrested.
“This is proof that the ANC with its cadre deployment policy delays our community in terms of service delivery. Khubheka spent only two years as a municipal manager but there was corruption under his watch. We are hoping the law will take its course and those who are found to be guilty of any wrong doing will be punished,” Rankapole said.