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Pretoria – Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has yet to determine whether to investigate claims that two Tshwane DA councilors have each pocketed R52 000 monthly salaries without doing any job. This was after Dr Kgosi Maepa, ANC Chairman and Council Chief, filed a complaint that councilors Ernst Botha and Johan Welmans violated the Electoral Act, stipulating that ward councilors must reside within the jurisdictional area.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.It was said that Botha lived in Oceania, New Zealand, while Welmans was accused of being in the Western Cape on the West Coast. “Oupa Segalwe, Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, said: “The complaint was received on record and there is no decision on whether or not to investigate yet. He requested the Public Protector to help the citizens of Tshwane to recover last year’s money raised by the two councilors. 

Maepa claimed in his submission that Welmans had sold a property he owned in Tshwane, but the councilor dismissed the claim as untrue, claiming that he had rented an apartment. Welmans said that after being diagnosed with kidney failure, he moved to the Western Cape to be in his son’s care.

Mpho Mehlape-Zimu, DA regional chairman, defended the two, saying the accusations were “frivolous and cheap politicking” against them. During the past month, Botha, she said, traveled to New Zealand to support his wife after he was granted leave with respect to the Council’s leave policy. She said that because of family commitments, the councillor had tendered his resignation with effect from February 28.

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