Fresh round of shame for councillor accused of stealing from own stokvel
Disgraced Ndlambe municipality councillor Mbuyiseli Yali, who was ordered in January by the ANC to repay R92,000 he allegedly stole from a Port Alfred stokvel club, will now be hauled before the party’s disciplinary committee.
ANC secretary in the Sarah Baartman region, Johannes Hobbs, told the Dispatch on Saturday that his executive committee (REC) took a decision to elevate Yali’s case to the DC, chaired by former Graaff-Reinet mayor Deon De Vos.
Yali, 37, appeared before the REC on January 15 to answer allegations that he had brought the party into disrepute after a case of fraud was opened against him at Nelson Mandela township police station on December 21.
The case against Yali was opened by some of the 26 members of the Masakhane stokvel club, of which Yali is treasurer.
He was tasked to deposit members’ monthly contributions into the stokvel club’s bank account over 11 months.
However, when he was asked to withdraw the money for the sharing of dividends on December 15, he reported the money as stolen.
In a text message Hobbs said: “The REC further resolved to elevate the matter to the disciplinary committee of the ANC.
“The REC will await the outcomes of the disciplinary committee before further commenting on the matter.”
Hobbs said Yali had also been ordered by the party to call a community meeting in his ward and apologise to members of the stokvel club and the ANC. He said the REC had met with Yali and “listened to his version of the story”.
Asked about Yali’s version of events, Hobbs refused to be drawn into commenting.
“The matter is with the disciplinary committee. I can’t comment further, nor can I prejudice comrade Yali.
“It is the DC that will interrogate the details,” he said.
The Ndlambe ward 7 councillor paid back the money on January 11 – with help from Ndlambe council speaker Vivian Mapapu and PR councillor Monica Mateti. Mapapu paid nearly R45,000 and Mateti another R10,000.
Yali covered the rest and forfeited his stokvel share.
Club member Asonge Nyendwana, 49, confirmed to the Dispatch in January that part of the payment came from Yali. He forfeited R27,000 due to him and three other members of his family, who were also in the stokvel club.
Called for comment on Sunday, Yali said he would do as instructed by the REC.
“What I normally do during this time of the year is visit all the areas of my ward to hear about their needs.
“Part of my agenda will include implementing the resolution taken at the REC.
“I will also call a big community meeting,” he said...