Saturday, September 25, 2021

Land board, Police nab two men for illegal land dealings

The Mogoditshane sub-land board, in conjunction with the Mogoditshane police, have nabbed two men in connection with illegal land dealings in the Mogoditshane sub-land board jurisdiction.

The two, Kabelo Blessing Mokgalajwe, 31, and Peter Moagi, 33, are facing charges of colluding to defraud two people of money amounting to P137 000 under the pretext of selling them plots.

In the first count, the two accused, Mokgalajwe, a councillor for the Gaphatshwa Ward and Moagi, who is self employed, are charged with trying to obtain P65┬á000 from one Thelma O’reilly after selling her plot number 760 in Mogoditshane sometime on the 11th of December 2009. According to the police charge sheet, the two claimed to be the rightful owners of the plot while they knew that they were not and had no authority whatsoever to sell it.

On the second count, the two are accused to have, on the 11th of March this year, colluded to obtain P72 000 from one Tshwano Modimoosi after selling her plot 763 in Mogoditshane, which they also claimed to own.

The two have been charged with ‘obtaining by false pretences.’ Immediately after the two were charged, both the land board officials and the Police were running against the clock to investigate further if there are any accomplices.

Sunday Standard investigations revealed that a number of people around Mmanoko lands, where Moagi comes from, were questioned by the police and the land board officials.

Answering questions from Sunday Standard, the Kweneng main land board was coy with information as investigations are said to be on going. “At the moment, we don’t know how many people are involved as the audit is still ongoing….the results of the investigations will determine whether there will be people who will be prosecuted or not,” reads the response from the land board.

According to the land board, the activities of the two accused were discovered during the land auditing processes and procedures by the land board’s internal auditing division.
The land board further says investigations as to how the affected plots were acquired are in progress.

“Until the investigations are complete, we would not be able to state with certainty how the suspects acquired the plots. Part of the investigations is to determine whether or not the plots have certificates and we will need to investigate the authenticity of such certificates, if there are any,” says the land board response.

The land board is optimistic that should the investigations unearth many cases of illicit land dealings, this would be a major breakthrough “as we would be able to appreciate the loopholes in our system, if any, and we would be able to come up with strategies to address any loopholes found”.
Mogoditshane has always been in the news headlines for illegal land acquisitions and the latest development will come as a relief as the land tries to address the problem.

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