Battle over R292 000

Leoni Kruger
MARAPONG — Elsie Mohlake, Manager at the Marapong Health Care Centre, is accused by other members of the Care Centre of taking Lotto funding of R292 000 and spending it on other things as it was allocated for.
The Health Care Workers and members of the Marapong Unemployment Forum, gathered in Marapong on Monday 20 February to clarify what was done with the money and what it was used for.
The police were also summonsed as some members insisted that she be arrested because she “stole” the money.
Elsie was taken to one side to give her version of events. She confirmed that in 2005 she was appointed as the manager of the Health Care Centre and chosen by the members.
She also acknowledged that at the end of December 2014 an amount of R292 000 was received from the lottery and the contract stipulated that R200 000 was to be spent on salaries for the four members of management. The rest of the money was allocated to things like transport and office equipment amongst others.
Elsie said she had proof of everything that the money was spent on.
The home-based care ladies who care for patients at home, feel it is unfair that they did not receive any of the money.
They approached the Marapong Unemployment Forum for help and Elsie has been requested to resign as manager.
It was decided that the staff should write a letter to the board if they want her removed.
Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, says “we as police cannot arrest anyone if there is nothing official to investigate”. He said if they lay a complaint at the police it will then be investigated.
A representative of Marapong Unemployment Forum said that they were there to fight corruption, not to enforce corruption.
A meeting was scheduled for Wednesday between the Marapong Community Policing Forum (CPF), the Unemployment Forum, the caregivers, management and board members.
At the time of going to press, the matter was still unresolved.

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