Former Oudtshoorn manager convicted of fraud, theft

Noel Pietersen was found guilty on five counts in the Oudtshoorn Regional Court on Wednesday.

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CAPE TOWN – A former Oudtshoorn Municipality manager has been convicted of fraud and theft relating to abuse of municipal funds.

Noel Pietersen was found guilty on five counts in the Oudtshoorn Regional Court on Wednesday.

He was arrested in 2013 after fraud and corruption claims dating back to 2008 came to light.

The court found that Pietersen abused his position as municipal manager to facilitate illegal tenders and he used public funds for political agendas.

He failed to follow the Supply Chain Management Policy in awarding contracts that led to wasteful and fruitless expenditure totalling R2 million.

Pietersen also appointed a consulting firm in an effort to squash reports exposing irregularities against him and several councillors.

It was found that some contracts, including one to the consulting company's subcontractor, were inflated by double the actual cost.

The former municipal manager will be sentenced next year.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)