Speedy Mashilo summons ward councillor tainted by fraud allegations

Speedy Mashilo. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL

The leader of the ANC in the Nkangala region has summoned ward 29 councillor Timothy Lukhele to regional ANC headquarters in Down Town eMalahleni.

Nkangala ANC chairman Speedy Mashilo summoned the eMpumelelweni Extension 12 ward councillor in order to listen to his side of the story following a string of allegations of wrongdoing against him.

A source within the branch executive committee of the ward 29 eMalahleni ANC branch told 013NEWS that the whole ward 29 BEC was summoned in fact, where chairman Mashilo and regional secretary Leah Khoza asked questions.

“They asked him why he sells RDP houses and he told Speedy that he won’t answer him, he said he would answer the magistrates at court,” the source said.

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The source said Lukhele was also asked to answer on allegations of malicious damage to properties and assault, stemming from a fight late last year when an assault case was opened against him for beating up a community member during a fight over water.

Lukhele made news during this time after he was caught on a video clip directing a municipal water truck to his in-laws, filling up four drums and angering the community members who were without water for weeks.

Last week, a 37-year-old eMalahleni woman who alleged Lukhele sold her RDP house for R50 000 to his ex-husband, was visited by Hawks investigators in order to listen to her side of the story.

This is after the woman appeared on the SABC news channel, complaining about Lukhele’s sale of her RDP house to the man.

“Lukhele is a chairperson of the ANC in the ward and there are many cases that have been opened with the police against him for selling stands and RDP houses in the area. Other cases he survived but I don’t think now he will,” said the source.

Regional spokesman Sello Matshoga confirmed Lukhele was summoned.

“I can confirm that there was a meeting between the regional leadership and the branch leadership on Friday concerning the allegations,” said Matshoga.

(edited by MLM)

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