The son of the mayor of the EC in the scholarship scandal
The Eastern Cape provincial government is investigating how the son of the mayor of Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Sixolile Mehlomakhulu, received a scholarship from the municipality.
It was revealed that last year, Yanga, Mehlomakhulu’s son, received a scholarship from the District Municipality to study for his first year towards a Bachelor of Science degree at Wits University.
But his father distanced himself from the question, insisting that he was paying his son’s expenses himself.
A scholarship award letter dated January 28, 2020, written by City Manager Zamile Sikhundla to the registrar of the university, confirmed that the municipality is committed to paying Yanga’s tuition fees for the academic year. 2020.
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In the letter City Press saw, Sikhundla informed the university that the scholarship would cover tuition, books, and accommodation.
“The scholarship does not cover accommodation and meals, which are not administered by your institution. The municipality will pay 65,223 rand for meals, school fees, accommodation and books, ”Sikhundla wrote.
Following complaints from opposition parties regarding conflicts of interest, the case is being investigated by the provincial government and the municipality itself.
Mamkeli Ngam, provincial spokesperson for the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department, confirmed this week that they were investigating the stock exchange.
“The results of the investigations will be handed over to cooperative governance and traditional business MEC [Xolile Nqatha] when finished, ”Ngam said.
City Press saw proof of payment from the municipality to the university on March 27, 2020.
Sikhundla could not be reached for comment this week.
Lixolile Petele, spokesperson for the municipality, confirmed that it had already carried out its own investigation into the case.
“A preliminary investigation report [ordered] by the municipal director indicates that a payment of 65,000 rand was indeed made by the municipality to the University of Wits as a scholarship in the name of a Yanga Mehlomakhulu, ”he said.
Petele alleged that Sikhundla was unaware at the time that the two Mehlomakhulus (Yanga and Sixolile) were related.
“However, we have since learned that the Yanga Mehlomakhulu in question is the son of the executive mayor, hence the city manager. [ordered] the investigation carried out by the internal audit unit to establish the facts of how it all happened.
The manager intends to take legal action to hold accountable all those who could have played a role in the award of this scholarship, as he regards it as an act of having [misled] him and the board, ”Petele said.
According to Petele, the criteria for a scholarship – as stipulated by the municipality’s scholarship policy – state that a grantee must:
. Be a permanent resident of the Alfred Nzo district;
. Have passed the registration number with good grades; and
. Prove that their families cannot afford the school fees on their own.
Petele said that at the time of her scholarship application, Yanga allegedly provided the contact details of a legal guardian from a poor background, rather than her father’s.
I asked Yanga and he said he never applied to the municipality and never received one [letter] informing him that he had received a scholarship from the municipality
“For this reason, the assessment was based on the submission of a qualified legal guardian,” said Petele.
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Mehlomakhulu, however, said neither he nor his son knew anything about a municipality scholarship because neither of them had requested it.
“The matter is still under investigation, but what I can say is that I paid for my son’s education as a parent and never applied for a scholarship as mayor,” Mehlomakhulu said. .
“I asked Yanga and he said that he had never applied to the municipality and that he had never received one. [letter] informing him that he had received a scholarship from the municipality.
Mehlomakhulu said he paid his son’s school fees in January last year. He showed City Press receipts for amounts of R9,340 on January 20 and R61,814 on January 27. The money was transferred from a First National Bank account to a Nedbank account.
Simthembile Madikizela, EFF secretary to Alfred Nzo, said the mayor should take responsibility for what happened. He added that he found it hard to believe that the city manager did not know the identity of the mayor’s son because “he is known to everyone”.
“We are of the opinion that the mayor abused his position in this matter. He definitely [exerted] influence of having a son [made] a beneficiary. There was also recklessness on the part of the city manager, but at the same time it is understandable that he [the municipal manager] had to sign what had already been decided by the mayor’s office.
“We hope that the survey on cooperative governance and traditional affairs will not take too long, because it involves collecting statements from the various people who [were involved] and then give directions on what should happen to them, ”Madikizela said.