“There was no valid cession agreement between Star Mirls, Mapuputla Trading and the municipality. The cession agreement had to be signed by the contractor, the client and the subcontractor for it to be valid.”
The public protector has further recommended that the speaker of the council must ensure that within 30 days from the date of receipt of the report, the council, in consultation the municipal manager, must declare the payment made to Mapuputla an irregular payment .
“The council should institute civil action against Mapuputla Trading to recover the amount of R950,861.52, which was improperly paid.”
She further found that the conduct of the municipality constitutes maladministration and improper conduct.
Greater Letaba municipal manager Innocent Sirhova had told Mkhwebane that the municipality paid Mapuputla Trading since all the affairs of Stars Mirls pertaining to the project were handled by Shiloane because Mankga was hardly on site.
Municipal spokesperson Lovers Maenetja didn’t respond to questions at the time of going to print.