ANC ward Councillor in Rustenburg, John Molubi is under investigation for corruption after allegations have surfaced that he is abusing his power in food distribution.
Molubi is accused of giving food only to those loyal to him in the name of campaigning for the ANC.
Corruption Watch reveals that Molubi is responsible for Marikana’s ward 31 and has the blessing of the municipality to coordinate the distribution of food parcels within his jurisdiction, which he is allegedly abusing.
“Instead of conducting a door-to-door assessment of his ward, Molubi has instead been selecting his loyal followers and only giving parcels to them, even going into neighboring Ward 32, which is an EFF- led ward,’ they said.
Corruption Watch also reveals that a WhatsApp voice note featuring the voice of an unidentified man, believed to be Molubi, has been circulated around the community. In the voice note, a man is heard addressing ”members” and naming Mashamaite among a group of people threatening the smooth delivery of parcels across different areas as they intimidate social workers involved in the process.
“In ward 31 we have had no problems, because social workers have been distributing food parcels with the support of the SAPS,” the man was heard saying in the voice note.
The Rustenburg ward 31 Councillor Molubi is also accused of providing fraudulent permits to local spaza shop owners, in return for money and several food items.
After a letter was wrote to the Municipality under the banner of the People’s Coalition for COVID-19, which outlines the allegations against Molubi and calls for urgent action, the manager in the office of the speaker, Linda Hlatshwayo confirmed that Molubi is indeed being investigated and a new system in food distribution has been established.
“We rely on Councillors and their ward committee members as our foot soldiers on the ground, on getting lists of needy people in their communities. Due to the rising concerns around food parcels, we have now introduced a form that requires recipients to sign next to their details for accountability,” she said.