The Hawks are investigating Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Obed Bapela for theft under false pretences. According to EWN, the probe is connected to monies owed to a contractor constructing Bapela’s double-storey Morningside home in 2014.
According to an affidavit by the contractor, Johannes Majoe, Bapela owes him an outstanding amount of R420,000. Majoe alleges that the deputy minister is refusing to fulfil his financial obligations.\
In 2014, Majoe entered into a construction project contract with Bapela’s late wife, Constance Bapela, the former Speaker for the City of Joburg. The scope of work included building a double-storey structure, plastering, roofing, installation of ceilings, plumbing, electric work, and constructing a swimming pool, with a total contract value of R773,000, of which R420,000 remains unpaid.
In a leaked telephonic recording, Bapela claims that Majoe didn’t complete the work, leading him to borrow R480,000 to hire another contractor to finish the project. Police have confirmed an inquiry at Sandton Police Station, now transferred to the Hawks for further investigation.
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