Solomon Motepe (81), Jaki Montsho (72), Michael Maledu (72), Christian Letlhake (50) and Linky Thage (36) appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on 1 February 2023 facing charges of theft and fraud.
The five accused are executive committee members of Schaapkraal Communal Property Association (CPA) which is an association that comprises of the community beneficiaries of Schaapkraal farm in Marikana.
It is reported that the CPA had a contract with Eskom and a payment for the annual servitude rights was due. The five executive committee members allegedly conspired and gave Eskom a different bank account to which payment should be made.
In August 2019, two payments were made into the account and the group allegedly shared the funds between themselves, failing to disclose the said payment to the rest of the CPA members.
The matter was reported to the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation and the Serious Commercial Crime Investigation probed the matter, which led to the arrest of the accused on 31 January 2023.
All five accused were released on R1000-00 bail each and the matter was postponed to 15 February 2023.