- Dr Kgosi Maepa of the ANC has accused two Tswane DA ward councillors of fraudulently earning their salaries
- According to Maepa, the two councillors are no longer residents of Tshwane and yet are still receiving a salary of R50k despite an electoral act that says councillors must reside in the area of duty
- Maepa has since taken his accusations to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who he is imploring to investigate the matter
Two Tshwane DA councillors, Ernst Botha and Johan Welmans, have been accused by ANC Tshwane chairperson Dr Kgosi Maepa of fraudulently receiving salaries of about a whopping R52 000 each.
According to Maepa, who has since taken the matter up with Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane, the two councillors have been receiving their salaries despite the fact that they no longer live in the Tshwane area, while the Electoral Act says that councillors must stay in the area of jurisdiction.
Maepa has also claims to have evidence that Botha had taken residence in Oceana, New Zealand while Welmans, who, according to Maepa, has sold his Tshwane property, now lives somewhere in the Western Cape.
An IOL report further reveals that Maepa has taken the matter further by pressing legal charges against the pair and is waiting for a further investigation to take place. Meanwhile, locals have had this to say about the accusations:
"Cheap politics as usual. Disrupting council meetings and fighting instead of service delivery. Dr, what a shame."
"Isn't it what you guys have been doing all these years"
"All the councillors are doing the same nothing new from DA instead of telling all councillors of different parties must work for their communities. This is a well known secret that the councillors are not fully committed in their work."
"We know the ANC is corrupt and they should not turn a blind eye on the DA corruption."
Briefly.co.za also reported that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's court ruling is set to take place on Friday, according to the North Gauteng High Court.
The ruling is going to decide whether the Covid-19 lockdown regulations were irrational and if Dlamini-Zuma should be jailed. The Tshwane-based Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) is fighting for Dlamini-Zuma to be held accountable for not following Judge Norman Davis' ruling in June, saying that some of the lockdown regulations are unconstitutional.
A number of South Africans, including the LFN, was outraged with the banning of alcohol and tobacco products during the different levels of the national lockdown. The organisation is calling for Dlamini-Zuma to be punished for her regulations.
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