Sokopo ignores enquiries

The VAT Recovery Scandal is growing

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Oudtshoorn. 10 April 2012. 15h40. “Drewan, don’t communicate with me anymore. Do what you want to do until I get fed up with it, but don’t communicate with me any more.”

This from my Comrade, Major Sokopo, my party’s Regional Treasurer for the Southern Cape and Klein Karoo.

All I wanted to know – not even from Sokopo, but from Oudtshoorn’s CFO, Deon Lott, was whether Lott knew of the false VAT recovery claims that Sokopo’s company, MGT Business Enterprises, made in Ventersdorp.

Sokopo just doesn’t want to hear about it.

But OO wants to know why Lott did not stop the appointment of MGT on March 1. Lott must surely have known that MGT claimed R5m in VAT recovery in Ventersdorp and that a mere R200,000 (4%) was legitimate!

Why should Lott probably have known?

Because MGT was appointed in Ventersdorp by Lott’s Comrade, Kenny Leluma, former “political advisor” to the previous Bitou Mayor.

Although MGT received R600,000 in “fees” from the Ventersdorp Municipality, SARS now wants its money back!

The ratepayers of Ventersdorp will have to bear the cost of repayment, with fines; commission paid to MGT; and administrative expense of a double payment.

MGT claimed VAT recovery on salaries and on loan repayments to the South African Development Bank!

Major! Wow! Nice work if one can get it!

OO must confess that it is convinced that such a scam can only be effected when a SARS agent is in on the deal. How else can VAT be reclaimed only to be questioned again later by SARS!?

Apparently the scam works like this: The VAT Recovery Agents claim false overpayments from a SARS source; pocket the commission and are long gone when a SARS audit reveals the falsity and the reclaimed VAT is to be returned to SARS.

SARS may levy fines of up to 200% – to be carried by the ratepayers.

Oudtshoorn’s ratepayers will surely not stand for this kind of thievery! Will they!?

It’s time to stand up and do something to protect your pockets, my dear longsuffering readers!

As the DA indicated in its response published earlier today, they are not really concerned, what with the long weekend and OO’s irritating habit to expose maladministration by “hearsay” nogal.

Poor sods.

The municipality of Madibeng recently received a R60m fine for false claims, remedied by the intervention of legitimate professionals.

Six companies tendered for VAT Recovery last year. MGT was not one of these companies. The tender lapsed, and Mnyimba unilaterally awarded the contract to his Comrade, Sokopo, on March 1.

Thandekile Mnyimba; Major Sokopo; Gordon April; Deon Lott… you have to explain this MGT Contract, my Comrades.

The problem is not going to go away!

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8 thoughts on “Sokopo ignores enquiries

  1. OO it looks like you’re just sensationalizing the issue. Do not mix issues – juxtapose. Why don’t you give us scrupulous procurement details of this new contract (1 March- VAT Recovery). Lets leave other Municipalities ASIDE

  2. Pragtig gestel Lizanne
    Kom ons vertrou dat daardie kundiges in die ODN gemeenskap gaan reageer en hul dienste aanbied sodat die skoonmaakproses kan begin aangesien alle politieke partye op ODN liederlik gefaal het.
    Sterkte

  3. Lizanne – Ek ondersteun jou idee met die Belastingbetalers vergadering en die aanstel van bevoegde mense 100%.
    Die DA se strategie van stilswye en niks doen gaan Oudtshoorn en sy mense beslis nie help nie, die vraag is hoekom die DA nog nie daaraan gedink het on ‘n span kundige persone op Oudtshoorn te betrek om hulle by te staan nie. Is dit omdat hulle bang is dat hulle poste as Raadslede in gevaar sal wees by die volgende verkiesing of omdat hulle nie omgee wat gebeur nie.Ek glo dat baie inwoners al behoorlik ” gatvol” is vir die verskonings van die DA en die manier waarop hulle korrupsie en wanadministrasie by die munisipaliteit hanteer.

  4. OO. Kan dit nie dalk gewees het hoekom die generaal en majoor met mm ontmoet het nou die dag nie?

  5. Die DA koukus weet wat hulle te doen staan om Bredell onder verpligting te plaas. Die dienslewering in |Oudtshoorn is glad nie op standaard nie – ADMINISTRASIE ANTON BREDELL – verduidelik waarom die DA met die meerderheid stem nie sy mandaat uitoefen in Oudtshoorn nie!

  6. Moenie worry nie, Lizanne!

    Die DA-koukus vergader môre en hulle sal vir Anton Bredell sê en dan sal die miníster hulle hel gee!

  7. The Rate Payers Association of Oudtshoorn should call for a public meeting at which time a management team of capable men and women are elect to represent the Rate Payers of Oudtshoorn. These elected citizins must be qualified in the fields of Finance; Law; Engineering (Civil / Electrical and Mechanical) and Administrative / Public Relations and must have a management background and an understanding of the Municipal Acts and Laws. If anyone is up for the task please contact Lizanne Pelham 082 880 2297 Oudtshoorn skrik wakker – die dae van ons ignoreer die probleem omdat dit my nie raak nie is verby, daar is nie geld om ons bestaande infrastruktuur instand te hou nie, kyk hoe lyk die paaie en sypadjies om nie eens te praat van die ondergrondse water en riool pype nie, daar word beplan om behuising te verskaf aan ons minder bevoorrregte gemeenskappe veral Riemvasmaak, waar lewens toestande daar tans grens aan ‘n absolute daad van mense regte skending, die mense het van ver en wyd hierheen gekom omdat grond aan hulle belowe is maar die Munisipaliteit het geen publieke deelname proses; omgewings impakstudie of basiese infrastruktuur in plek gestel voordat almal hul daar kom vestig het nie, daar is nie geld om stormwater pype; elektrisiteit of riool in plek te stel vir 900 HOP huise beplan vir Riemvasmaak nie maar ons Munisipaliteit en sy vennote gaan 900 huise bou! Die Munisipaliteit delf tans in sy reserwe fondse in om die die Munisipaliteit aan die gang te hou (volgens die Munisipale Stelsels Wet is dit onwettig) en die BTW invorderings idee word voorgehou as ‘n geleendheid om die Begroting aan te vul. Geen besigheidsman sal sy besigheid so bedryf nie, maar ons staan en toekyk hoe die Munisipaliteit ons hard verdiende geld so vermors. As aandeelhouers in die Munisipaliteit hoe kan ons verder bystaan en dit toelaat!

  8. OO keep the pressure up, the public is entitled to an explanation and if anything underhand happened as is alleged, let the legal process follow its course. Well done OO, bravo !

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