South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) welcomed the conviction of a former municipal manager warning that it wouldn’t stop coming after corrupt officials.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that the former Municipal manager Martin Noel Pietersen (60) is due to learn his fate next year when the George Magistrate’s Court decides his future.
Following the investigations conducted by the Serious Commercial Crime Unit of the Hawks, Pietersen is set to be sentenced on the 30th of March 2017.
Records have it that the municipal manager was arrested in August 2013. He was subsequently found guilty this December for swindling the Oudtshoorn municipality of over R2 million.
SAPS describe the ruling as “a first of its kind in the Country” and divulged that it emanated from five charges in contravention of section 173 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003.
“It is alleged that from October, 2010 to June, 2011, Pietersen misused his authority by arbitrarily authorizing wasteful expenditure in favor of IBR Consultants, an entity he was allegedly linked to, was appointed under suspicious circumstances, without following due Supply Chain Management procedures,” SAPS stated.
Commenting, Hawks’ National Head Lieutenant General, Mthandazo Ntlemeza celebrated the ruling saying:
“If corruption is left unchecked, it is capable of eroding good governance in the country, thereby rendering our hard-earned democracy ineffectual and depriving people on the ground of the most basic of services.
This is only the beginning, we are buoyed by this ruling and we shall continue to discharge our mandate with assurance and vigor.”
Meanwhile, the Board of Inquiry that was established to investigate allegations of misconduct and the fitness of the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Victoria Phiyega to hold office, has submitted a copy of its report to the National Commissioner.
The report was submitted to President Jacob Zuma and, the Presidency has written to General Phiyega requesting her to make additional written representations that may assist the President in considering the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry.