South Africa 31.1.2018 01:09 pm

Nelson Mandela Bay councillor fraud case postponed to next month

The case was postponed on Tuesday for the defence to consult with witnesses, and did not proceed on Wednesday.

An ANC councillor from Nelson Mandela Bay charged with fraud and corruption will be back in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court next month for the continuation of his trial.

Bongo Nombiba allegedly pocketed a portion of donation money meant for a nongovernmental organisation rendering services to the elderly.

Nombiba, a councillor for Ward 20, is facing charges of fraud and corruption for the alleged abuse of the ward’s discretionary fund. The matter was set down for this week and Nombiba was called to the stand to testify.

The case was postponed on Tuesday for the defence to consult with witnesses, and did not proceed on Wednesday.

The Thulamangwane Community Project is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and renders services such as caring for elderly people and cleaning schools in the community.

According to the charge sheet, NGO Secretary, Zukiswa Mbhem, and Deputy Chairperson, Mandisa Monco, together with other members, approached Nombiba to request a donation of R10 000 from the municipality to assist them financially.

The State alleges that the councillor instructed the NGO members to put their request in writing but not to mention the amount that they had requested.

In September 2014, a “Request for Donation” was prepared and signed by both the secretary as well as deputy chairperson. The request was for a donation and an amount was not specified.

The charge sheet further read that Nombiba addressed a request for financial assistance from the metro and motivated for a donation of R 30 000 for the organisation.

In November 2014, an amount of R30 000 was paid into the Standard Bank Account of the NGO. According to the State, Nombiba conveyed to the NGO management that the metro approved the donation and requested them to accompany him to the bank in order to confirm that the donation was deposited.

“They went to the Standard Bank in Kempston Road. The accused [Nombiba] conveyed to them that the amount paid into the NGO’s bank account was R30 000. R10 000 was for the NGO and R20 000 was his,” the charge sheet read.

The case was postponed until February 28.

-African News Agency (ANA)

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