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Mangaung to implement quarterly audit reviews



TARGETING CLEAN AUDIT . . . Mangaung Metro executive mayor Councillor Mxolisi Siyonzana

Mangaung Metro executive mayor Councillor Mxolisi Siyonzana says the Free State capital will now review its financial and operational performance every three months as part of efforts to improve the city’s audit outcomes.

“We are at the beginning of a new financial year and this is the perfect time to launch Operation Clean Audit,” said Siyonzana during a media briefing on Tuesday.

“As a city, we have decided to take a quarterly approach, which will allow us to monitor issues of overtime, acting positions and fruitless expenditure, amongst others,” he added.

Some workers at Mangaung have been accused over the years of not attending to faults or collecting garbage during normal working hours and only doing so late in the day in a bid to claim overtime.

This has resulted in the city failing to deliver adequate basic services on time resulting in some frustrated residents staging protests in order to draw the attention of the authorities.

“The first thing we have to deal with is to capacitate the internal audit unit and ensuring we have enough chartered accountants,” said the mayor, who wants to see the city achieving a clean audit during his five-year term which started late last year.

That, however, could take quite a lot of effort because no municipality in the province achieved a clean audit over the past five years.

Further, Mangaung is the only metro in the country that is currently under administration.

In the latest Consolidated General Report on local government audit outcomes for the 2020/21 financial report, Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke said audit reports for municipalities in the province had regressed over the five-year term of the previous administration.

Maluleke largely blamed this on inaction by political and administrative leadership saying it continued to be a deliberate obstruction to municipalities’ effective functioning.

She urged provincial leadership to be concerned about this state of affairs.

The provincial executive intervened at Mangaung in January 2020 by imposing and assuming responsibility for a recovery plan that aimed to secure the metro’s ability to provide basic services and meet its financial commitments.

This was after a few years of poor financial and service delivery performance.

Again, this did not yield the anticipated outcome, resulting in the municipality being placed under national administration.

The metro is now being run with the help of an interim management team whose leader holds the powers of a city manager.

Mangaung has a staggering R8.2-billion in outstanding debts.

Debt as a result of irregular expenditure is estimated at R190-million. – Staff Reporter


Two Free State women allegedly killed by ‘druggie’ sons



SHOCKING MURDER . . . A 65-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed with a sharp object by her 28-year-old son after she failed to give him money to buy drugs

Two women from Mangaung have allegedly been attacked and killed in two separate incidents by their own sons believed to be using drugs.

In the latest incident which happened in Kagisanong along Masike Street at the weekend, a 65-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed with a sharp object by her 28-year-old son after she failed to give him money to buy drugs.

Police spokesperson for Mangaung Metro Lieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane said in the woman died on the scene from the stab wounds.

“The victim had visible multiple stab wounds on the head and body,” he said, adding the matter was reported by the brother to the deceased, who was also attacked by the suspect who is now in police custody.

Covane said the complainant informed the police that the suspect is believed to be using drugs and had asked his now deceased mother for money to buy drugs but she told him that she didn’t have money.

“The suspect got angry, went out of the house, came back with a piece of iron and stabbed the deceased with it several times,” he explained.

“When he was done, he turned to the complainant and also stabbed him on the chest.”

Covane said the uncle survived the attack but the daring suspect locked them inside the house and had to wait until Friday morning to get help.

The suspect was later traced and arrested by the police.
He is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court this Monday facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

In a similar case, a 42-year-old man will be applying for bail at the Botshabelo Magistrates Court on the same day after allegedly strangling to death his 71-year-old mother last Sunday, August 7, 2022 in the E-Section, Botshabelo.

The suspect is also said to history of substance abuse.

Free State acting provincial police commissioner, Major General Modise, condemned the killing of the two elderly women. – Staff Reporter

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Magashule loses ConCourt bid to reverse ANC suspension



APPLICATION DISMISSED . . . The Constitutional Court says Ace Magashule has no prospects of successfully appealing his suspension as ANC secretary-general

Former Free State premier Ace Magashule has lost his latest court bid to have his suspension as ANC secretary-general lifted.

He had approached the Constitutional Court seeking to have his temporary ousting from Luthuli House reversed.

In a judgment handed down on Wednesday, the apex court said Magashule had no prospects of successfully appealing his suspension.

“The Constitutional Court has considered the application for condonation and the application for leave to appeal. It has concluded that, although there are no reasonable prospects of success on the merits of the application for leave to appeal, the delay in bringing the application for leave to appeal is minimal,” the court said.

Magashule first approached the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to challenge his suspension, but the matter was dismissed with costs.

He subsequently approached the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), which dismissed the application in January 2022, prompting him to take up his case with the Constitutional Court.

Magashule was suspended from the ANC in May 2021 because of the party’s step-aside rule.

The rule requires ANC members facing criminal charges to step aside while their court cases are under way.

Magashule is facing corruption charges linked to the Free State asbestos corruption scandal. – Staff Reporter

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Municipal manager facing tender fraud charges granted bail



THE ACCUSED . . . Maluti-a-Phofung municipal manager Futhuli Patrick Mothamaha is out on bail

Maluti-a-Phofung municipal manager Futhuli Patrick Mothamaha, 49, was on Friday released on a bail of R500 000 by the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates Court after he was arrested by The Hawks for fraud, corruption and Contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

The state alleges that he allegedly awarded a contract of R58 million to Kill Crime Security Company in 2020 without following proper procurement processes.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said Mothamaha allegedly signed a service level agreement on May 19, 2020, appointing the company to render security services to the municipality for a period of three months without following procurement processes.

“The municipality continued to pay Kill Crime Security Company for almost two years without a contract,” said Shuping.

He said Mothamaha was supposed to appear with his co-accused, father and daughter who are the owners of Kill Crime Security, Thabiso, 55, and Dimakatso Sekhosana, 29, on Monday after they were instructed by The Hawks to hand themselves over on Sunday, but he failed to do so.

The Sekhosanas appeared on Monday facing similar charges and were released on bail of R150 000 each.

Part of Mothamaha’s bail conditions are that he must not enter the offices of the municipality, not interfere with the investigations nor intimidate witnesses.

The case was postponed to September 30 for further investigations. – Staff Reporter

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