Community wants heads to roll at municipalities implicated in VBS scandal



The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has threatened legal action against Premier Stan Mathabatha should he fail to have officials implicated in the VBS looting scandal held to account.

The party marched to the premier’s offices and handed over a memorandum on Tuesday.

The DA Limpopo leader Jacques Smalle says Mathabatha in his capacity as ANC chair must sack his deputy Florence Radzilani who has been implicated in the Great Bank Heist report.“It’s clear that at this stage and up until today, there was a slow response from the premier and his office.”

Smalle said Mathabatha has failed to suspend all public representatives implicated.


He said their march stems from the very slow action being taken by the provincial government against implicated officials.
He says: “We did see one or two cases where councils did take action but we haven’t actually seen action. The DA has laid charges but it is important that we move those people from office while they can influence financial decision-making within the municipality and distort information and documents. It’s a plea and demand to say to the premier you need to take action.”

FTLM mayor Phokane survives, for now  


In Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality (FTLM) the ANC’s total shutdown  march  and  also an attempt to get rid of mayor  Johannes Phokane, the municipal manager (MM) NP Busane , as well as the Chief financial officer  failed  on Monday 21  October  as a strong police presence disturbed the protest, they  fired rubber bullets and teargas  to chase the protesters.

The police were assisted by local taxi associations who are against the protest.

The associations revealed to Sekhukhune Times that the protests were affecting the local economy badly


The ANC in Tubatse demanded that Phokane and the management of the municipality resign with immediate effect.  The FTLM is currently cash strapped. The municipality’s MM revealed on 16 October that they won’t be able to pay for the employees’ travel claims.

Vhembe’s MM, CFO suspended 


In the Vhembe District Municipality (VDS) Municipal Manager Reuben Rambado and Chief Financial Officer Nyiko Machava were suspended over the VBS scandal.

The municipality has invested R300 million in the bank. This was
announced during a special council sitting in Thohoyandou. Municipal workers
have been demonstrating during the week demanding the recall of Executive Mayor Florence Radzilani, and the suspension of the Member of Mayoral Committee on Finance Rudzani Ludere and two other officials.


The two municipalities have invested a huge chunk of money in the VBS. FTLM invested R230 million while VDS invested R300 million.

Thapelo Motseo

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