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GOOD exposes alleged syndicate involving Bitou Municipality officials

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GOOD SG, Brett Herron has exposed an alleged criminal syndicate by top officials in the Bitou Municipality, in an affidavit detailing the looting of a housing project’s funds.

Brett Herron, Secretary-General (SG) of GOOD, issued a statement on Tuesday, 27 July 2021, calling out MECs in the Western Cape for “twiddling their thumbs whilst politicians in the Plettenberg Bay (Bitou) Municipality operated a criminal syndicate which resulted in delayed housing and millions looted from a fund meant for housing.”

Herron stated that an affidavit filed in the Western Cape High Court allegedly revealed how a criminal syndicate operating at the highest level in Bitou Municipality sought to feast on revenue generated for a sorely needed housing project. The SG claimed that according to Dr Anele Hammond, representing a company associated with the duly appointed contractor, Ukhana Project, the municipality cancelled the R38 million contract after she had refused to participate in a corrupt scheme involving the town’s top officials.

Herron further stated that in Dr Hammond’s affidavit, she identified former Executive Mayor Peter Lebese, former Deputy Mayor Gcabayi, Municipal Manager Lonwabo Ngoqo, and Director of Community Services Thozamile Sompani, as part of the alleged syndicate. Herron also stated that in Dr Hammond’s affidavit, she alleged details of threats and break-ins at her home, which have been reported to the police.

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