Maluti-A-Phofung municipal manager Futhuli Patrick Motamaha, accused of corruption, has been released on R500,000 bail.

Allegations of fraud and corruption

The 49-year-old man appeared in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates’ Court in the Free State on Friday after he was arrested on Tuesday by the Hawks for fraud, corruption and breach of the Municipal Finance Management Act.

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) alleges Motamaha awarded a 58 million rand contract to Kill Crime Security Company in 2020 without following proper procurement processes.

“On 19 May 2020, Mothamaha signed a service level agreement appointing Kill Crime Security to provide security services to Maluti A Phofung Municipality for a period of three months without any procurement processes.

“The municipality has continued to pay Kill Crime Security for almost two years without a contract,” Free State NPA spokesperson Faladi Shuping said.

Motomaha was due to appear with his co-accused father and daughter as well as the owners of Kill Crime Security on Monday after the Hawks ordered them to surrender to police on Sunday, July 31, 2022. But he failed to turn himself in.

The Sehasans appeared in court on Monday on similar charges and were released on bail of 150,000 rand each.

Conditions of bail

Part of Motamahi’s bail conditions are that he must not enter Maluti A Phofung Municipality offices, interfere with the investigation or intimidate witnesses.

The case was adjourned to September 30, 2022 for further investigation.

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