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newsVolksblad reports that on Tuesday the bailiff in Frankfort, Philip Maseko, took possession of the R5-million house that the bankrupt Mafube municipality had acquired for the use of the mayor Jabulani Sigasa.  

Maseko advised that the house would be sold to recoup the pension fund monies of the employees of Mafube (Frandfort, Villiers and Cornelia) which were deducted from their salaries but never paid across to the fund.  The employees have been on strike since last year.  The bailiff had already seized between 15 and 20 of Mafube’s vehicles and they will come under the hammer in February and March.  Sigasa’s Mercedes-Benz has also been seized and the municipality has hired two luxury vehicles from Avis, one of which is for Sigasa’s use.  Possession has also been taken of 23 farms.  Municipal manager Majalefa Matlole acknowledged that the municipality had “challenges” and said that management was in the process of approaching the national and provincial governments for help.  He indicated that Mafube’s debt of R400-million had built up over a number of years.  The municipality is apparently delivering no services because the bailiff has removed all vehicles, computers, furniture and writing materials. (Loosely translated from Afrikaans)

  • The full original of this report in Afrikaans by Marietjie Gericke appeared in Volksblad of 30 January 2019


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