Cops probe E5m theft at Maloma
LOBAMBA – Maloma Colliery Limited has reported a theft of millions of Emalangeni to the police.
Without giving details on how, when or how much exactly went missing, Ntakho Sekhokho, the company’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), said they had formally reported the matter to the police with the expectation that their investigations would answer many questions.
"Unfortunately at this stage, we are only in a position to answer few questions you have put forward because of the sensitive nature of the matter," stated Sek-hokho.
This comes in the wake of an allegation made by Senator Bonisile Mngometulu in Parliament last Wednesday that a former employee of the company stole E5 million.
She said the money was donated to the community by the company running the coal mine shortly after 2007 for self-development projects.
"Instead of implementing the projects, this individual stole the money and resigned.
"This person runs a string of businesses in South Africa," alleged the senator.
However, she never named the employee.
Mngometulu added however, that it was not all ‘doom and gloom’ in the communities close to the mine because the company that ran it had done a lot for them.
She praised the mining investors for the interest they showed in developing the communities, especially by giving them first preference in employment.
Meanwhile, upon hearing this, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Princess Tsandzile, who also looked surprised by the revelation, said this was a serious matter and whoever stole the money had to be jailed.
Assistant Superintendent, Ste-phen Dlamini, Police Deputy PRO, said he could not find any records of theft of money reported at Lubulini Police Station when asked last Friday.
It is better to get the FACTS first before going to the Swazi public and blatantly lie. It helps to verify facts more especially from the legislative side of things. We can give the details of community projects done at Maloma on the E5m purposely now stolen. That money did not even come from Maloma Colliery. Please ask the legislators to verify facts before saying something. Please.
Jun 18, 2012, 11:37 AM, B. Masuku (firstname.lastname@example.org)