A former Joe Morolong councillor, Keemenao Julia Katong (53), was found guilty and sentenced by Kuruman Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on 18 April 2023, on five counts of corruption. Katong was arrested during an operation by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team.
During 2019, the complainant received a contract to provide transport services for construction workers of Down Touch Investment.
The complainant was then approached by the former councillor and demanded vehicle tyres as a form of gratitude in order for her not to terminate the contract.
The accused further demanded monthly cash payments from complainant. R14 500 was paid by the complainant to the accused in order to keep the contract.
The complainant could not make further payments to the accused so she threatened to have his contract terminated. The matter was reported to the Kimberley based Hawks.
Katong was sentenced to four years direct imprisonment for five counts of corruption.
The Provincial Head in the Northern Cape, Major General Mabuela applauded the team for the sterling work.
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