Maluti-A-Phofung City Manager Released on R500,000 Bail

Maluti-A-Phofung city manager, accused of corruption, Futhuli Patrick Motamaha, has been released on bail of 500,000 rand.

Fraud and corruption charges

The 49-year-old appeared in Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court in the Free State on Friday after being arrested by the Hawks on Tuesday for fraud, bribery and violation of the Municipal Financial Management Act.

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) alleges that Motamaha awarded a R58 million contract to Kill Crime Security Company in 2020 without following proper procurement processes.

“Mothamaha reportedly signed a Service Level Agreement on May 19, 2020, appointing Kill Crime Security to provide security services to Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality for a period of three months without following procurement processes.

“The municipality has continued to pay Kill Crime Security Company for nearly two years without a contract,” said NPA Free State spokesman Phaladi Shuping.

Mothamaha was due to appear with his co-defendants – his father and daughter – as well as the owners of Kill Crime Security on Monday, after being ordered by the Hawks to turn himself in to police on Sunday, July 31, 2022. But he did not failed to surrender.

The Sekhosanas appeared in court on Monday facing similar charges and were released on bail of R150,000 each.

Conditions of deposit

Part of Mothamaha’s bail conditions is that he must not enter Maluti-A-Phofung municipality offices, so as not to interfere with investigations or intimidate witnesses.

The case has been adjourned to September 30, 2022 for further investigation.

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Melissa C. Keyes