CHAIRPERSON OF MPAC AT THE MATLOSANE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY APPEARS IN COURT FOR CORRUPTION

CHAIRPERSON OF MPAC AT THE MATLOSANE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY APPEARS IN COURT FOR CORRUPTION

The Klerksdorp Magistrates’ Court postponed the corruption case against Merriam Methi (49) and her 20-year-old son, Tshegofatso Mosiako, to 09 November 2023, for further investigations. The court granted Methi R15 000 bail, while Mosiako was granted R1000 bail. They were ordered not to have any direct or indirect contact with the complainant, and to inform the investigating officer should there be a change in their home address.

The two were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team on 23 August 2023, in Klerksdorp, following an arranged entrapment to catch them in the act of committing an offence. It is alleged that in January 2023, Methi, who is the chairperson of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) at the Matlosana Local Municipality, went for a consultation at a particular service provider in Klerksdorp, where she allegedly introduced herself as chairperson of MPAC in the local municipality. The complainant allegedly told her that he had trucks that could be utilised for refuse removal and for her to inform him when tenders are advertised by the municipality for him to bid, and she allegedly obliged.

Reports by the Hawks indicate that In March 2023, the suspect reportedly met with the complainant, where she told him that his business partner was awarded a tender by the municipality to collect refuse. It is further alleged that she told the complainant that she knows he has rented his trucks to his business partner and is also benefiting from the tender. The complainant was allegedly given an ultimatum to pay the suspect an amount of R50 000, failure to do so will result in the contract being cancelled, with no chance of renewal.

Members of the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team received information about the payment arrangement, which the suspect had reached with the complainant. The two were arrested soon after being paid R30 000 in cash by the complainant.

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