Deputy Mayor Reuben Molelekoa court proceedings will continue in the upcoming year, 2020. This is after he was granted bail.
Cllr Molelekoa was taken into custody for reckless and negligent driving, as well as driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance on September 10. He was arrested after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle, damaging two properties in oSizweni in the process.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane says Cllr Molelekoa appeared on September 11 and he will return to court on March 20, 2020.
With police investigations underway, KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZN Cogta) is now also focusing on the matter. KZN Cogta MEC, Sipho Hlomuka claims that KZN Cogta is relieved there were no fatalities and is following the situation with interest.
In line with the Municipal Systems Act, MEC Hlomuka adds he has asked the Speaker of the Newcastle Municipality, Samekelisiwe Yende, to conduct an investigation as well.
Dr Dumisani Thabethe, head of communications at Newcastle Municipality, has since issued a statement confirming the municipality’s investigation into the matter.
The statement reads, “In the context that the accident happened, the municipality has therefore decided to start an investigation which will be led by the Speaker, to look at all the circumstances that might have led to the accident.”
The statement also expresses that Cllr Molelekoa has since committed to cover the costs of the two properties which were damaged in the incident.
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