Defamation of Character — 9 in court

STEENBOKPAN — Mogol Post has received mixed information over the past week regarding the details of an incident to have taken place in Steenbokpan on Monday 6 August.

According to the involved parties, a commotion reportedly took place at Thusong Multi-Purpose Centre after a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) was appointed for a provincial project of the Road Agency of Limpopo.

The project entails the refurbishment of the road from Medupi intersection to Steenbokpan. Social media reports allege that a CLO not suitably qualified was appointed by Lephalale Municipal Mayor Jack Maeko.

The chairperson of Leseding Community Forum, Ditiro Majapholo, told Mogol Post that it all started weeks ago when their community was visited by Lephalale Municipal representatives in a committee engagement with a project facilitator present.

“The facilitator claimed that there was an advertisement for the CLO position which resulted in three people shortlisted. When we asked him to provide evidence of the advertised position, he was unable to produce anything. We further asked about the requirements and were told that anyone with Grade 12 qualified for the position.

“To our surprise, the three shortlisted candidates did not meet the requirements and one of them is a branch chairperson of the ANC in Ward 3.

“After our argument the facilitator assured us that the matter of the CLO will be put on hold to make a new announcement on applications for it,” he said.

Majapholo says the process was restarted and CVs of those suitable for the position were sent.

They were invited to a meeting at the community hall on Monday 6 August, where it was reported that Maeko would hire people, including the CLO.

“Some community members disputed the exercise, saying they were awaiting the engagement committee to announce shortlisted candidates for the applied positions. That is when it all got chaotic,” said Majapholo.

In addition, he said they are surprised the project started on the very same Monday they appeared in court, without the CLO and steering committee.

Maeko was not available for comment and in a statement captured by Lephalale SAPS and seen by Mogol Post, Maeko says: “The suspects have spoken lies against him, that he (Maeko) assaulted the suspect and tried to kill him. He (suspect) further posted on social media and he (suspect) wanted to blackmail him (Maeko).”

Lephalale Cluster Spokesperson Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena confirmed that police received a complaint of defamation of character by Maeko and a case of Defamation of Character CAS: 108/08/2018 has been opened at Lephalale SAPS.

Nine suspects, namely Laezen Molefe, Jacob Moraka, John Motlogelwa, Letie Motshegwa, Eva Molesiwa, Jacob Moatshe, David Mogale,Thapedi Tibanyane and Ditiro Majapholo appeared at Lephalale Magistrate’s Court. The first group appeared on Monday 13 August and the second group on Tuesday 14 August.

The next court date is on 29 August 2018.

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