SAMWU welcomes Hawks arrests at Mogalakwena Local Municipality

31 August 2021

SAMWU welcomes Hawks arrests at Mogalakwena Local Municipality

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in the Limpopo province welcomes the decision by the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations (DPIC) also known as the Hawks to effect long overdue arrests of persons, officials and business owners that have been fleecing the municipal coffers over a very long period of time.

The rampant fraud, corruption and maladministration in the municipality led to the subsequent collapse in the delivery of services and residents opting to lodge a complaint with Parliament and other state institutions, leading to the municipality being placed under administration.

SAMWU Limpopo is particularly elated about this developments happening whilst the Special Investigation Unit proclaimed by the President is hard at work to investigate alleged corruption, maladministration and malfeasance that happened in the municipality over a long period of time. We hope that many arrests will be effected to rid our municipality of corrupt people for better delivery of much needed public services to our communities who are suffering.

The union is also confident of the ability of state institutions such as the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to leave no stone unturned in their pursued for justice for residents, workers and communities of Mogalakwena in order to complete this great puzzle of accountability to restore society‘s trust in our institutions and integrity within the Municipality of Mogalakwena.

SAMWU is celebrating with leaders of Mogalakwena for standing up against bullying by corrupt few and will continue to mobilise in remembrance of Comrades such Faltyn Kekana, Timson Musetsho, Ronald Mani, Maupa, Babita Deokoran many of our comrades and shop stewards who died and some were suspended, intimidated, arrested and harassed in many municipalities for speaking out against corruption such as the one these suspects were arrested for.

As a not so class neutral an organisation, SAMWU will however wish to reiterate its commitment to work very hard to assist all ailing municipalities by making sure that we restore order and normalcy in the municipal environment in service of the working class and the communities we serve.

Issued by SAMWU Limpopo Province

Patrick Aphane,
Provincial Secretary
(076 875 9022)


Nditsheni Mufamadi,
Deputy Provincial Secretary
(071 607 4391)