Hundreds of Millions go Missing, “Ga re itsi”

sir

The mismanagement of
funds leaves the Bakwena
Ba Mogopa together with
the Bapo Ba Mogale in
poverty and having to
endure unbearable living
conditions. The D-Account
is the trust account where
the money of the tribal
council is kept

 

as to what really happened so that this issue of the
D-account can be resolved once and for all. We
previously secured the involvement of Edna Molewa
who was Premier of North West and she had
promised to resolve the matter. Unfortunately she
was deployed by the government before she could
even start to seriously look into the matter. Thandi
Modise succeeded Edna Molewa as Premier and the
problem was brought to her attention. She undertook
to give the D-account her attention but that never bore
any fruit. Currently we are under the leadership of
Supra Mahumapelo and we are not sure if he will be
able to resolve this matter? Remember that all these
premiers have their own MEC’s who deal with issues
within the province. The MEC under the leadership
of Thandi Modise was China Dodovu, and the
understanding was that before any money could be
released, someone from the province had to authorise
the transaction. Dodovu was the MEC for Traditional
Affairs at that time and had the power to authorise
payment from the D-account. The other interesting
part is that one of the signatories in Madibeng is
Desia Manne who works at the Traditional Affairs.
We believe that the investigations should lean
towards the following departments: The special
purpose vehicle in particular, The Bagopa Holdings
as a service provider, The Bakwena Ba Mogopa
Community Trust, Bakwena Platinum Trust, Bagopa
Trust, Bagopa Procurement, Bagopa Property,
Bagopa Agriculture and mostly the North West
MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs.
The following people should also be called to shed
a light on this matter: Former North West Premiers,
Edna Molewa and Thandi Modise and the former
MEC China Dodovu. They were supposed to have
exercised oversight and ensured that there were proper
checks and balances in place. The basic corporate
governance principles were blatantly violated.

Is this
some sort of a joke! It is evident that someone in
government failed to do his or her job. Remember,
we are talking about hundreds of millions of rands
that went missing as a result of incompetent officials.
They allegedly stole the money that was meant to
assist in the fight against poverty. A recent story reveals
that a man came to Bapong and imposed himself a a lawyer, the chief’s spokesperson and the right hand
man for Bapo Ba Mogale tribal council. Where was
the Traditional Affairs when all these things were
happening?
Of course the family supported all these because
they knew that they stood to benefit financially out
of this unwanted appointments by betraying the
community. They regard the community as illiterate
and innumerate. What about the community
that suffers a lot on a daily basis? Political system
influences negatively the running of the tribal
authority. If the new MEC, Tebogo Modise does not
lead the investigation process, he will likewise end up
also being held accountable for the infighting involving
chieftainships in Madibeng. You must understand
that the two families (Bapo Ba Mogale and Bakwena
Ba Mogopa) are related at some point and therefore
they are facing more similar problems whereby royal
families fight over who should be the king. During
apartheid, white regime never believed that black
people could maintain their own funds and establish
an account where all the monies could be kept. The
money was kept in the government’s coffers in a trust
account, therefore the government was in charge of
the account. The Bakwena Ba Mogopa’s D account has four divisions and they are
Bethanie, Hebron, Jericho and
Paksdraai. You must remember
that the problem regarding
the D-account in Bakwena Ba
Mogopa is how the money was
spent and by whom. At the
moment, no one has the solid
answers as to what happened to
the money estimated to above
R350 million. Apparently this
is how it all happened; chief
Motheo requires money to buy
personal things, since he is the
only signatory, he looks for a
service provider and then they
agree on a specif project until
they hook one of the traditional
affairs official to sign on the deal and withdraw the money. All fingers are sharply
pointing at Chief Motheo Mamogale, the Bakwena
Holdings CEO, Steven Wessy Phaladi and of course
the mother to the chief, Lebogang Mamogale. We
have indicated earlier that there are four divisions in
the D-account for the Bakwena.
Each account has its own treasury department,
Bethanie treasurer is Moses Molelekoa, Hebron
treasurer is Fransjan Phaloane and Jericho has Frans
Dikobe who is seconded by the government as the
treasurer and Gideon Tshwagong as the treasurer
in Paksdraai. The system is straight forward, before
the money is withdrawn from the account, there are
procedures and measures to that effect. A requisition
is required stipulating why the money is needed as
well as the supporting documentations from the
service providers who will be rendering services. 50+
members must agree in the withdrawal of the funds,
the chief is the last person to sign for the money.
Therefore the local branch of the traditional affairs
in Madibeng will conclude the proceeding by looking
into all the relevant aspects of the request before
issuing a cheque. Withdrawals below R100 000 are
done by the local branch and any withdrawals greater
than R100 000 are handled by the head office in Mahikeng. It is so interesting, the only way to find out
who stole the money before pointing out fingers is by
observing the entire process from top to bottom.
Desia Manne is the signatory in Madibeng, he is
one person who can provide concrete answers as to
what happened to the money.
As to why people have not received money for the
period of six months, a source close to the family
indicated that the money was definitely withdrawn.
Now in terms of payments, the tribal council receives
stipend of about R350-00 per employee from
government. Only workers appointed for certain
projects receive salaries. It is alleged that the man by
the name of Chauke had a personal interest in the
D-account. Bakwena have what we call Special
Purpose Vehicle (SPV), the SPV is comprised of the
Bakwena Ba Mogopa Community Trust for Rhovan
mine under Glenco and receives 26% on behalf of
the community. It has its own bank account and in
2015 no dividends were received from the Rhovan
mine. Bakwena Platinum Trust under Bamogopa
Platinum Investment, the special vehicle to hold
shares in Afplats mine partnering with Implats
mine, receiving 26% as well. Bakwena has more
than 100 000 hectares in total, the land is held to
generate income and sustain the Bakwena community
members.
Bakwena’s statement regarding the whereabouts
of the Kgosikgolo Motheo Mamogale is self
contradicting. Where is Motheo? Rumour are
spreadng that Motheo is in a witness protection unit
waiting to confess regarding the stolen funds. Bakwena
have also Bagopa Trust which holds shares for every
Bakwena. Kgosikgolo Mamogale is the Trustee
nominated by the council, the council that is not
recognised by the government. Bakwena also have
the Bagopa Procurement which has two directors,
Motheo Mamogale and Steven Phaladi. There is
also Bagopa Property and Bagopa Agriculture. On
Friday, 29 July 2016, the North West Provincial
Government clarified the D account matter as followa:
The Provincial Government has noted media reports
on investigations relating to the D account and has
observed glaring limitations and information gaps on
work done by North West Provincial Government at
least since May 2014.
The Provincial Government advises that any
money spent by Traditional Councils would be in
accordance with the estimates submitted by the
same Traditional Councils. There are procedures
for funds to be spent which include that expenditure
be authorized by the Traditional Council to the
Provincial Administration. Government will therefore
cooperate with the investigation to assess compliance
with these procedures. In an effort to broaden
transparency and accountability on matters like
this, the Provincial Government is working on an
auditing framework for Traditional Councils which
will ensure that audits are embarked upon that
would accord government the necessary legislative
authority to unravel any misuse of funds and take
corrective action, which includes bringing culprits to
book. It remains the understanding of the Provincial
Government that through cooperating with the Public
Protector we will ensure that culprits are brought
to book. The Provincial Government welcomes
the Public Protector on matters relating to Bapo Ba
Mogale and it is in this spirit that when she requested
information the Provincial Government was ready to
cooperate with her as it did a lot of work in gathering

One thought on “Hundreds of Millions go Missing, “Ga re itsi”

  1. thabiso legwete

    I think all premiers from 1994 must be hold accountable,how can lot of money got missing and everybody keep on saying we dont know….Thuli madonsela must investigate but fingers are pointing to our leaders(premiers) and even here@madibeng dey have been stealing from the D-account

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