eMalahleni councillor tainted by fraud allegations

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Controversial eMalahleni ward 29 councillor Timothy Lukhele is alleged to be selling RDP houses. PICTURE: Supplied

A controversial ward councillor is at it again…

This time for selling RDP houses for his own extra cash.

The Hawks confirmed on Friday afternoon that they were investigating eMalahleni ward 29 ANC councillor Timothy Lukhele for a variety of fraud allegations stemming from sales of RDP houses in the Mpumelelweni area.

A 37-year-old woman, Lauren Sithole, who is one of the several people in the area who laid charges with the cops, was visited this week by Hawks investigators in order to listen to the side of her story in the matter.

“I applied for an RDP house in 2013 and in 2014 it was approved and was built but when myself and my husband were about to get into house, we broke up while we were living at my mother’s place and my husband went to live with another woman inside the RDP house which was registered under my name.

“I struggled all along to get this house as my husband applied for a protection order and was telling me that he bought the house from the councillor Timothy Lukhele for R50 000 and Lukhele has since been running away and telling me he would come back to me,” the woman told 013NEWS on Friday.

She said when she phoned Lukhele, he avoided her calls since late last year when her house was occupied.

On Friday afternoon, the 013NEWS reporter phoned Lukhele, who put down the phone on hearing it was a journalist.

Last year, Lukhele was in the news after he was caught on a video clip directing a municipal water truck to deliver water to his in-laws, filling four drums and angering community members.

An assault case was opened against Lukhele after he beat up one of the community members during the fight for the water.

(edited by MLM)

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