Klerksdorper maak drome waar: Negejarige kry 3D-hand

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Deur Salomé Kotzé

Klerksdorp Rekord, Klerksdorp - Jamie Mitchell het die land aan die gons met die prostetiese hand wat hy met ‘n 3D-drukker vir ‘n 9-jarige seuntjie gemaak het. Aphelele Gumede kon sy oë nie glo toe Jamie, ‘n kandidaat argitek van Bloemfontein, die hand kompleet met Spiderman kleure en kentekens aan sy arm vasmaak nie.

To read the full story, read page 3 of our 19 July 2019 issue.

NPO’s get their money

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Klerksdorp Record, Klerksdorp - None compliance with funding requirements and late applications for funding are some of the reasons NPOs did not receive funding in time. The North West Department of Social Development issued a statement this week after the DA accused them of negligence to pay subsidies to NPOs.

To read the full story, read page 3 of our 19 July 2019 issue.

Corrupt police officers arrested

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Klerksdorp Record, Klerksdorp - The North West Provincial Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit (ACIU) arrested five police officers in Khuma, Klerksdorp and Vryburg on separate charges of corruption on Thursday 11 July.

To read the full story, read page 5 of our 19 July 2019 issue.

Marlene op kanker se kerfstok

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Deur Danie Jacobs

Klerksdorp Rekord, Klerksdorp - Marlene Powell (54) was geliefd en bekend vir haar lag en haar manier van praat - sy het die woord “luuks’’ weer luuks gemaak. Sy was bekend in motorfietskringe en sy en haar man, Wimpie het hul “trippies’’ op sy Harley Davidson geniet soos net hulle kon.

To read the full story, read page 4 of our 19 July 2019 issue.

Former MM, officials in court on corruption charges

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Klerksdorp Record - Former Dr Kenneth Kaunda Municipality Manager, Adv Mhlupeki Abbey Dlavane (55), Lebohang Onica Bogatsu (59), Elijah Mahlangu (57), Sello Motsiri (56) and Victor Nicodemus (46) appeared in the Klerksdorp Regional Court earlier today on charges of fraud and corruption.

The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Investigation alleges that Dlavane worked in cahoots with the four co-accused who were employees of the municipality at the time, to defraud the District Municipality through various unlawful transactions to the tune of over R2-million for services that were never rendered.

It is alleged that the transactions took place during 2010, and one of them totalling R550 000 was allegedly disbursed to Kumekucha Investments, a company which was not listed on the suppliers database. Further investigation also revealed that Dlavane was a sole director of the said entity.

It is further alleged that the group arranged training for the Municipality employees through a bogus company. The said training never took place despite the fact that the municipality was billed for it. The same tactic was apparently employed with a different training entity but this time the Municipality was able to stop the payment beforehand after a whistle was blown to the group’s alleged illegal activities.

A further fraudulent attempt was made, where the Debtors’ Clerk allegedly conspired with the manager and authorised a payment of a substantial amount to a company, which had an arrangement with the municipality to accommodate students of a local College in Potchefstroom. The management of the Municipality was alerted to the fact that payment never reached the intended recipient which resulted in the cheque being intercepted and stopped. 

 All these cases were thoroughly investigated and submitted to the Directorate for Public Prosecution (DPP) for a decision which resulted in all five suspects being issued with summons on 6 May 2019 and their subsequent court appearance today. The case has been remanded to 11 September 2019 for the prosecutor to study the docket.

The National Head of the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation, Lt Gen Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the developments in this case.

 “While the matter has taken longer than expected, I appreciate the fact that the accused have now been secured before court. Those who continue to defraud municipalities must be rest assured that they will soon have their day in court,” he said.

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