Motheo Deputy Chairperson in court for corruption


The 38-year-old deputy chairperson of Motheo TVET College, Jeremiah Pela, as well as a 35-year-old man, Takalani Mongalo, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, after being arrested for alleged corruption of more than
R1 million.
Hawks spokesperson, Captain S’fiso Nyakane, told Courant that the two were arrested by members of the National Anti-Corruption Unit at a lodge in Bloemfontein. A sting operation revealed that the two allegedly demanded R1,2 million from a CEO of a security company as a “protection fee” to ensure that the security contract of his company is not cancelled at the college.
“An entrapment was conducted after they had made arrangements with the CEO and officers nabbed them after the exchange of the cash.
Motheo TVET College principal, Dipiloane Phutsisi, said the college needs time to conduct its own investigation before commenting on the matter.
The two were remanded in custody until 9 May 2017, when they will make a formal bail application. – Seithati Semenokane