Council official denies tender allegations

Kgopolang Booysen, a technical manager at Thabazimbi Municipality denied tender allegations.

THABAZIMBI – The Star Newspaper reported on October 31 that a senior official at Thabazimbi municipality, facing a tender-related corruption charge laid against him by a local businessman, is not going to be suspended.

According to The Star, Limpopo police spokesman Mohale Ramatseba confirmed that the Organised Crime Unit was probing allegations levelled against Kgopolang Booysen, a technical manager at Thabazimbi Municipality and that a case has been opened. He said that investigations are continuing but no arrest has been made.

The case against Booysen was opened in July by Johannes Mothlomi, the owner of the Mothlomi Construction Company. He claims he had paid R230 000 for Booysen’s new Audi Q7 in return for the two tenders awarded to his company.

Mothlomi said Booysen first approached him in 2007 and asked to use his company documents to secure a R1.9 million contract to manufacture paving bricks. According to Mothlomi, the tender had not been advertised, and Booysen promised to award it to his company.

In 2009, a similar contract, worth R2.2m, was awarded to Mothlomi Construction, again without the tender being put out publicly, said Mothlomi. He now claims that after the municipality had paid his company, he withdrew the cash and handed it over to Booysen.

According to Mothlomi he has a problem about the use of his construction company’s certificate without him being benefited. The Star reportedly has seen Mothlomi’s bank statement, which indicates that R230 000 was paid into a Pretoria-based car dealership on February 9, 2009 for Booysen’s car.

Mothlomi said he was prepared to face the law for having paid a bribe.

He said that he was worried at first, but is ready now because he didn’t benefit from the tenders.

According to The Star, Booysen has flatly denied all the allegations levelled against him. He admitted that he owns an Audi Q7, but said Mothlomi had never paid a single cent into it.

He said Mothlomi has been making allegations against him for the past six months.

Booysen said that Mothlomi went to the Hawks as well as the Thabazimbi Police and threatened Booysen to pay him R600 000. Booysen then said he must just look for a job.

Although Booysen said Mothlomi Construction had never been awarded a tender by the council, his boss contradicted him. Municipal manager Roger Nkhumise confirmed to The Star that Mothlomi had previously been awarded contracts to supply paving bricks.

“We awarded it (Mothlomi Construction) tenders before,” said Nkhumise. Thabazimbi Municipality’s spokesperson said to Die Kwêvoël that they will publish a media statement in next week’s edition.