Mayor slates municipality’s bad apples
Rustenburg – Rustenburg executive mayor councillor Mpho Khunou said the law will always catch up with municipal employees committing fraud or other acts of dishonesty.
This warning comes after at least five municipal law enforcement officers from the public safety unit found themselves behind bars on allegations of business robbery, fraud and theft. The officers were arrested in separate incidents after some of the wronged parties raised the alarm, leading to internal investigations by the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM).
The mayor said the municipality would not hesitate to expose any bad apples and bring to justice those who tarnish their image. “We will deal decisively with all officials allegedly involved in acts of wrongdoing,” he said. “In order to ensure that the city progress well, crime-prevention strategies will be implemented continuously without any fear, favour or prejudice for the benefit and safety of our people."
On Wednesday 13 May, two law enforcement officers from the municipality were arrested after they were linked to an incident of business robbery which occurred in the Lemenong area of Phokeng.
The two, who were patrolling the area to make sure businesses were complying with the COVID-19 regulations, allegedly stole R700 from a shop owner before taking some of his stock during an ‘inspection’. They were arrested on business robbery charges and are appearing before the courts to account for the crime.
In another incident, a law enforcement officer was arrested by Tlhabane police and charged with fraud. He allegedly reduced a fine without following the proper procedure before pocketing the difference.
Another member of the law enforcement unit was arrested on a charge of theft. He allegedly received money for a fine he had issued without issuing a receipt for the payment. The crime was discovered during an enquiry to the municipality by the offender regarding proof of payment.
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