Former Rustenburg municipal manager Nkobile Sithole appeared in court on Monday over the irregular awarding of an 11 million rand security contract in 2017.

Sithole appeared in the Rostenburg Regional Court for breaching the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) in relation to the alleged appointment of a service provider.

North West Police spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Ryhotsa said in a statement: “It is alleged that in August 2017, the Municipality of Rostenburg unlawfully awarded a contract to the Department of Transport, allegedly under Regulation 32 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations.”

She said that the Ministry of Transport has identified a service provider for the provision of services for hiring construction machinery and equipment.

“It is alleged that when the Municipality of Rostenburg accepted the contract, the provisions of Regulation 32 were not complied with because they did not obtain permission from the Department of Transport before accepting the contract. Also, instead of sticking to the original contract scope, they deviated and purchased light vehicles worth approximately R11,983,271.50.

“The accused has been charged with contravening Section 173 (1) (a) (ii) and 174 of the Municipal Finance Management Act in conjunction with Regulation 32 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulation,” Rihatso said.

The case was adjourned to September 19, 2022 for disclosure of materials. – SAnews.gov.za

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