A major scandal

“A contract to benefit the ANC” awarded to the ANC Regional Treasurer

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Oudtshoorn. 2 April 2012. 14h17. OO learned on Friday that two municipal contractors, members of the ANC, violently confronted the Municipal Manager, Thandekile Mnyimba, about a contract Mnyimba allegedly awarded his friend and confidant, Major Sokopo.

An eyewitness told OO that Mnyimba told the protestors, “The ANC will benefit locally from this contract and that is why I gave it to Major.”

The contract is for VAT recovery and is bruited to be worth R13m over three years.

Sokopo is the ANC’s Regional Treasurer for the Southern Cape. He refused to answer OO’s questions during a telephone conversation at 12h03 this afternoon and asked that questions be faxed to him as his email account is not active at present.

Sokopo was one of the ANC leaders who enforced Mnyimba’s appointment. Sokopo and Mnyimba are reportedly close friends, having first met when they were both on the Eden District Municipal staff some years ago.

OO will report Sokopo’s answers when they are received.

Mnyimba’s cell phone rang for quite some time at 12h08 before his PA, Amy Sylvester, answered to tell OO that her boss was unavailable.

Major surprise, that.

Although Sylvester told OO that Mnyimba was not in the building and does not carry his cell phone on his person, OO subsequently learned that the Municipal Manager was, in fact, in his office at the time of the call.

It is clear that Mnyimba does not want to answer OO’s questions.

Sylvester promised to let Mnyimba have the message to call about the Sokopo VAT Recovery Contract and this short conversation followed:

“Ag Amy, ek en jy weet mos nou altwee Mnyimba gaan my nie terugbel nie, so sê vir hom Drewan Baird sê hy moet OO lees na 2 vanmiddag.”

“Ek sal vir hom die boodskap gee…”

Ten minste het Sylvester die teenwoordigheid van gees geopenbaar om oor die saak te lag.

Putco Mapitiza, die ANC se streeksekretaris vir die Suid-Kaap, was bereid om kommentaar te lewer nadat OO met Sokopo gepraat het en ook hierdie kommentaar sal gepubliseer word sodra dit ontvang is.

Uit Kaapstad verneem OO dat ‘n tender vir BTW-herwinning verlede jaar verval het en dat Mnyimba op 1 Maart eenvoudig die kontrak aan Sokopo toegeken het sonder om die verskaffingsbeleid na te kom.

OO se informant sê dat selfs die ANC-leiers erg ontstoke is oor hierdie saak.

OO is giving the Comrades an opportunity to come clean in this ugly matter. OO has many answers already and will closely monitor the ANC’s response to questions and developments and will, as always, not balk at exposing irregularities and inconsistencies in the unfolding explanations that will necessarily follow.

This appears to be a “major fokopo”, does it not!?

Besonderhede volg soos dit bekend raak.

Intussen het ene “jenson”, ‘n OO-leser, vanoggend die volgende kommentaar oor die BTW-kontrak op die berig So deurmekaar soos groetesop gemaak:

Ek hoor by my pelle dat Mnyimba onlangs n grooot tender toegeken het aan die ANC streeks kassier ene Major vir die die invordering van BTW verskuldig aan die munispialiteit vanaf Sars. Hoe de hel ! En dit sonder om enige tender proses te volg. Dit is glo op sogenaamde “deviation” gedoen. Wat is so dringend en emergency om n multi miljoen rand tender te gee op “deviation”? Daar is so baie kundigheid binne die Munisipaliteit – waarom moes hulle n buite maatskappy kry? Waarom spesifiek die maatskappy wat behoort aan die ANC se streeks kassier?Die maatskappy wat op “deviation” aangestel is kry glo 25 % van alle btw geld wat hulle by Sars invorder. Dis daylight robbery ! Ek ruik n groot rot en ons kan nie toelaat dat die komryts ons belasting geld so onverpoos wegdra nie. n Volledige ondersoek moet gelas word na die aangeleentheid en as daar sprake is van wanadministrasie moet Mnyimba onmidellik afgedank word. (Om 10h41.)

Ek hoor by my pelle dat n horde woedende ANC ondersteuners afgelope Vrydag vir Mnyimba trompop geloop het in die gange van beroerdplein oor die aangeleentheid. Hulle het hom na bewering gyselaar gehou en gedwing om met die sak patats vorendag te kom en te erken dat hy die “deviation” alreeds op 1 Maart geteken het. Selfs in ANC kringe is daar blykbaar ongekende woede daaroor. Hulle het seker rede want terwyl werkloosheid en armoede hoogty vier, terwyl ons paaie verkrummel kom hoogeplaaste ANC leiers soos Major en steel brood van ons tafel af. Die 25% tarief wat Major kry beloop miljoene rande oor die tydperk van 3 jaar wat sy maatskappy op n skelm ondeursigtige onwettige manier aangestel is. Hierdie geld kon beter aangewend word vir broodnodige dienslewering. OO en dit terwyl die si useless daagliks in die gange van beroerdplein ronddwaal. Miskien is dit n wekroep vir die OBB en ander dat memorandums oorhandig en briewe skryf nie gaan werk by die onbeholpe spul nie. (Om 11h14.)

Ek sal egter graag OO se aandag wil vestig op die rol van ou Worsie – Vuyisa Foreplay in die hele skandaal. Ek hoor Worsie is n lid van die provinsiale bestuur van die ANC en hy vertel wyd en suid vir almal dat hy deesdae “in besigheid is”. Het mnr Worsie enige persoonlike finansiele voordeel getrek uit hierdie skandaal? Het mnr Worsie die toekenning van die “deviation” aan Major gefasiliteer, en het hy enige finansiele voordeel daaruit getrek? Dit is sommige van die vrae wat beantwoord moet word ! (Om 12h04.)

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9 thoughts on “A major scandal

  1. OO het jy nou gedink dat die korrupsie einde sou kry, terwyl die KKNK show aan is? Dit is juis in die tyd dat kontak gemaak word en gunste en gawes uitgedeel word??

    Mooi so OO, expose die klein comrade mannetjies, hulle dink mos hulle is slim?

    Die sadste deel is dat die mannetjies opdragte moet uitvoer?

    Die bus Bloem toe en Johnny Walker (Blue/Black label) is duur broer….

  2. Mr Mnyimba, Is your salary of R1,055,000 pa,plus perks not enough that YOU TOO are forced to take a seat on the national scandal of the ANC’s gravy train?

    Shame on you – the residents expect and deserve more than your fast and loose dealings with our Town and your ill considered dispensing of contracts issued ostensibly on our behalf.

    We have enough competent financial people at OM – or at least should have – to reconcile a simple SARS VAT refund – why all the fuss – paying ANC cronies to get money back from the ANC controlled department of revenue collections, and then charging the residents for the “pleasure”, is just plain BULLSHIT!

    – Be gone with you and your deceit – SIES MAN!

  3. Mnyimba reports only to the people who appointed him. He thinks he is accountable to them only. Someone should report the matter to the Public Protector, the Hawks and the SIU for further investigation. Mnyimba must be held accountable ! He should face the consequences of his unscrupulous actions and must resign immediately.

  4. Mr. Mnyimba – Municipal Systems Act must be followed – WHAT DOE YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE! You are an emplopyee of the Rate Payers and citizins of Oudtshoorn – you are not a law onto yourself SIR!

  5. Mbu TeBo Lothlare Dikgacwi, your comment is noted and much appreciated!Mbu TeBo Lothlare Dikgacwi

  6. ….As much as I do not enjoy to comment on matters that are presented by the media to us…but I think if this matter is not attended to by the ANC then we need to really be thinking twice. Last night (01st April 2012), Cde. Gwede Mantashe lambasted ANC cadres engaging in such activities. I suggest for the good name of the ANC that we get a response from whoever is implicated here…before this matter ends up in the hands of the law.

  7. Cosatu se Vavi het reeds verlede jaar gewaarsku dat ons land besig is om te verander in n “predator state”. Lyk my Oudtshoorn is deesdae n predator municipality waar hooggeplaaste ANC leiers ” wat in besigheid is” hul politieke posisie en invloed kom gebruik om op n predatory, onwettige wyse die skatkis te kom stroop. Hulle moet gestop word.

  8. Comrades of the ANC…I think it’s time that your starts a process of re-calling you bunch of buggers…not showing your worth in what were actually voted in for ,but simply make the party a platforn of self enriching…& showing the voters that their plight is not worth a lot…so I should suggest an investigation on you ,or you should be lifted from your structures & placed in the positions of need…I personal opinion in this regard is that you are bunch of no good hyenas,,,behaving like scavengers….grab from the needy….leaves a lot to be desired….BUGGERS!!!!!!

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