North West City Manager in court over allegedly illegal R2.4m tender

The Hawks arrested the former acting city manager of Bojanala District Municipality on Saturday.

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  • The former acting municipal manager of Bojanala District Municipality has been charged with violating the Municipal Financial Management Act.
  • Pogisho Patrick Shikwane appeared before Rustenburg District Court.
  • He was released on bail of 10,000 rand.

The former acting city manager of Bojanala District Municipality appeared in Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday in a R2.4 million tender.

The Hawks stopped Pogisho Patrick Shikwane, 51, on Saturday.

“It is alleged that on December 8, 2017, while serving as acting city manager, the defendant improperly appointed a company called Big Time Strategic Consultants to provide information technology auditing and communication (ICT) and developing an ICT strategy for the municipality for more than R2.4 million,” said Hawks spokesman Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso.

“It is reported that Big Time Strategic Consultants was, at the time, appointed to render the same services to the Municipality of Moses Kotane where the accused was previously the Municipal Manager,” he said.

He added:

The accused allegedly obtained written consent to inherit the said contract from the Municipality of Moses Kotane pursuant to Regulation 32 of 2005 of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulation.

Rikhotso added that after the appointment, it is alleged that the services were not rendered to Bojanala District Municipality. However, more than 2.4 million rand was reportedly paid to Big Time Strategic Consultants.

“It is reported that the municipality had no budget[ed] for the service at the time, and a similar service had recently been obtained by the municipality.”

Rikhotso said Shikwane failed to ensure that the municipality’s resources were “used effectively, efficiently and economically. He also allegedly failed to implement the supply chain management policy.”

Shikwane was released on 10,000 rand bail and is due back in court on September 26.