- An ANC councilor for Evaton, Gauteng has reportedly been hiring out a community hall
- He claims that he is raising money to renovate the premises
- The EFF, however, claims that he is hiring out the venue to enrich himself
An ANC ward councilor in Gauteng has reportedly profited from charging residents for the use of the community hall.
Elias Raditshila Mokoena is a representative in Emfuleni local municipality. He has allegedly been renting out the venue since the 2016 local government elections.
The allegations were made by the EFF, who claim that Mokoena has made thousands of rands from the community hall. They have accused him of renting out the facility under the cover of renovating it.
The EFF also says that it reported Mokoena to higher authorities but that no investigation was conducted and no disciplinary action was taken against him.
Briefly.co.za has learned that Mokoena initially denied the allegations that he was renting out the facility, but then later admitted that he was, but claimed that he was doing so only in order to pay for repairs and renovations to the building. Mokoena also said that the municipality was not looking after the property so he had taken on the responsibility himself.
Mokoena reportedly charged between R1800 to R4500 for three days' venue hire. While the venue has two permanent tenants, The Citizen has reported that the facility was dirty and in a state of disrepair, with broken toilets and windows.
The EFF said that no renovations were being done at the facility. They asserted that the operation was just a way for Mokoena to enrich himself through the use of municipality property.
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