Masina is charged with fraud and corruption, as well as contravening lockdown regulations and will also face an ethics committee.
The Nkangala ANC has welcomed a decision by the Steve Tshwete local municipality in Middelburg to suspend its Hendrina councillor Musawenkosi ‘Cheppy’ Masina for allegedly issuing business permits to township traders.
Regional spokesman Sello Matshoga said they have “declared fraud and corruption as an enemy to our national democratic revolution”.
Cheppy allegedly charged R300 per business permit and this piece of paper would then allow the informal business owners to do business during the state’s 5-week Covid-19 lockdown.
Cheppy was suspended by municipal speaker Andries Mabena.
Matshoga said a report written by Mabena to them in the region shows that on 9 April 2020 the officials went to patrol in the Hendrina area and one shop owner produced a fraudulent operational permit.
On investigation, they discovered the fraudulent permit was allegedly issued by Councillor Cheppy.
“The councillor was arrested by the police on 9 April 2020 and released on verbal warning and after his release he went back to issue fraudulent permits once more and he was rearrested on the 10 April 2020,” Matshoga said.
Cheppy appeared at the Hendrina Magistrates Court on Monday this week 13 April 2020, charged with fraud and corruption.
“We welcome the decision of the speaker to suspend the said councillor with immediate effect and the matter should be referred to the Rules and Ethics Committee for investigation and processing.
“The ANC has declared fraud and corruption as an enemy to our national democratic revolution, and must be dealt with decisively. Further, the councillor concerned has breached the lockdown regulations and as such we appreciate the action taken by the police,” said Matshoga.
(edited by ZK)
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