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Former municipal administrator Lesedi convicted of fraud of millions

The former housing and planning manager of the municipality of Lesedi of Springs has been convicted by the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court of 78 fraud counts.

Tshepo Malekane defrauded council properties for at least a hundred million rand between January and December 2020.

The 40-year-old convicted criminal generated a fraudulent power of attorney and instructed law firms to transfer ownership of 78 properties belonging to the municipality of Lesedi and sell them at a price that does not correspond to the real value of the property.

Malekana forged the signature of Lesedi’s local council manager when he illegally sold the council’s vacant land.

He was employed by the municipality of Lesedi between 2017 and 2019.

Lumka Mahanjana of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the municipality reported the matter after making the discovery.

“After investigation, Malekana was arrested in March 2021 after being linked to the offences. He was released on R3000 bail pending sentencing. Most of the properties defrauded by Malekane were later re-registered with the municipality.”

The case is set for a ruling on April 26, 2022.

Meanwhile, the regional court of Potchefstroom has postponed the fraud and corruption trial of the former mayor of JB Marks Vanir-exodus Municipality Kgotso Khumalo due to his ill health.

The case against Khumalo and two others will now be heard on April 7, after a medical certificate was presented to the prosecutor proving his inability to attend the trial.

They face eight allegations of theft and fraud from municipal funds.

The trio who pleaded not guilty to the charges and received a warning have been warned not to interfere with state witnesses.

The state plans to call more witnesses to prove false bills were generated to make more fictitious payments in the process of defrauding and stealing funds intended for community development.

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