Driving Politics
Home >Camera Enforcement > Speed Cameras > South Africa: Government Official Implicated in Missing Traffic Camera Scandal 
Print It Email It Tweet It

South Africa: Government Official Implicated in Missing Traffic Camera Scandal
The mayor of Polokwane, South Africa accused the city manager of being involved in the disappearance of a traffic camera.

Letsepe Thubakgale
A municipal official in Polokwane, South Africa will return to work next week despite an ongoing investigation into a number of corruption charges, including involvement in the theft of a traffic camera. Municipal Manager Letsepe Thubakgale had been suspended on May 28 after the mayor raised questions about Thubakgale's possible role in the disappearance of a traffic camera from the intersection of Nelson Mandela and Vermukuliet streets, The Sowetan newspaper reported.

Mayor Thabo Makunyane had been furious that Thubakgale recorded an expense of 700,000 (US $90,000) for a replacement camera even though the device was available for 135,000 Rand (US $17,500). Thubakgale was also accused of mismanaging Polokwane's preparations as a host city for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In May, Mayor Makunyane sent Thubakgale a letter of suspension. When Thubakgale refused to acknowledge it, he was formally suspended, with full pay, during a public council meeting for two months. Thubakgale argued that he never had a chance to respond to the charges leveled against him and that his suspension was improper.

Source: Municipal heads waiting game (The Sowetan (South Africa), 7/24/2009)

Regional News:
Other news about South Africa

Permanent Link for this item
Return to Front Page

Related News
Ohio Town Cannot Survive Without Speed Camera Revenue

Maryland House Passes Minor Speed Camera Reform

Legislative Update: Speed Cameras In Indiana, Iowa And Virginia

New York: Lawsuit Seeks Speed Camera Ticket Refund

Federal Judge Opens Inquiry Into Maryland Speed Camera Secrecy

View Main Topics:

Get Email Updates
Subscribe with Google
Subscribe via RSS or E-Mail

Back To Front Page

Front Page | Get Updates | Site Map | News Archive | Search | RSS Feed Driving politics