Report it to the police. This is what Mpumalanga politicians tells anyone who makes allegations of corruption, political killings or any acts of wrongdoing. But what do police do with cases reported to them?
On 30 April 2019, Ziwaphi – The New Era, asked Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Brig. Leonard Hlathi what progress has been made on some of the cases reported to them.
Almost two months later, he has failed to provide answers.
Themba Bulunga, a Mbombela local municipality councillor for Ward 26 reported at least seven cases to Mpumalanga police, some against the current MEC for local government, Mandla Msibi.
In one incident, Bulunga’s vehicle was damaged and ANC members who were organising a protest to the ANC provincial office against corruption on the issuing of tenders in Pienaar.
Some of Bulunga’s supporters also suffered injuries.
South Africa’s deputy president, David Mabuza, had promised that the only companies that would be permitted to work in Pienaar should be drawn from that community.
Tensions in Pienaar started when the department of public works, roads and transport asked activists in the township to submit their companies to be considered for jobs.
An official of the department, who was also a resident of Pienaar and an ANC deputy chairperson, Zane Phelembe, was shot dead after he objected to some of the companies that they were not from Pienaar.
His killers were never found.
Some of the cases that Bulunga reported to the Pienaar and Nelspruit police stations date back to 2016.
One was reported in September 2016, two in July 2017, two in August 2017 and two in February 2018.
Ziwaphi asked Hlathi about the progress made on the cases, but he has yet to respond.
“I have referred your enquiry to the relevant managers for responses. I will respond to you in due course,” that was all that Hlathi could say on 1 May 2019.
Follow-up media enquiries have drawn blank, and he has since stopped answering his cellphone and Whatsapp messages.
Hlathi also failed to provide any progress made on four other cases dating back to 2015 that the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Collen Sedibe opened against former municipal manager, Noko Seanego for “donating” money to a company owned by ANC regional executive committee member Nathaniel Mashile in 2015.
The organisation reported at least three cases of corruption in Nelspruit and one in Malelane in 2015.
All that the complainants have are case numbers.