African Congres woman Julia Mathebe Arrest made several headlines after the news of her arrest concerning money laundering surfaced on the internet.
South Africa-born Julia Mathebe is the mayor of the Sekhukhune District Municipality. She got elected during a special council sitting today, replacing the former elected mayor, Stan Ramlila.
The Sekhukhune mayor became the first woman to occupy the top position in the history of the district municipality since its establishment in 2000.
The Politician Mathebe was acquitted by the Party’s national dispute resolution committee following disputes from the Party members in the region after Stan Ramaila was re-elected for a second term during a council sitting on January 27, 2022.
Before the election, she had been deputy chairperson of the ANC in the region before she was elected to the top position.
In 1995 she was elevated to the ANC Youth League chairperson position at her local Thabakhubidu branch in Ntwane.
Julia Mathebe Arrest And Charge: What Did She Do?
News24 claims Julia Mathebe and Minah Maredi were arrested in Groblersdal and charged with corruption, money laundering, and infringement of the Municipal Finance Management Act and the Banks Act.
The arrests emanated from an investigation by the Hawks into unlawful investments made by municipalities into the defunct Venda Building Society (VBS) Mutual Bank in 2014.
The mayor of the Sekhukhune District Municipality, Julia Mathebe, has been arrested by the Hawks in connection with the VBS Bank heist.
Julia Mathebe is appearing in the Pretoria Magistrates Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday alongside the former municipal manager of the Elias Motsoaledi Municipality.
Hawks spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale, said the two were charged with contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.
Julia Mathebe Family
Regrettably, there is no information available about her family.
Julia came nearly two months after being elected as Regional Chairperson of the governing African National Congress in Sekhukhune.
In 1995, the young Mathebe was elected deputy secretary of the mother body, the ANC, at the Fawcett Mathebe branch.
The following year, in 1996, she became secretary of the same branch.
Following her arrest, a forensic investigation into the affairs of Sekhukhune District Municipality has been requested by Cllr Julia Lata Mathebe, the Executive mayor, who instituted a forensic investigation into the affairs of the district municipality.
The purpose of the forensic investigation is to investigate infrastructure, service delivery, governance, organizational capacity, and municipal finances.
The court order behind the payment of R460,000 into a ghost account by a former acting CEO of a state agency in Limpopo is fake.
Following her election, she hit the ground running in ensuring that the communities of Sekhukhune District have access to clean drinkable water and receive services due to them.
How Much Is Julia Mathebe Net Worth In 2024?
As of 2024, Julia Matgebe’s average salary can be estimated at around R1,025,277.80 per annum, including benefits.
According to w.sekhukhunedistrict.gov, a magazine cutout mentions the salary of different threading of Sekhukhune District Magazine Earning.
As per news24, The Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has granted the former mayor and municipal manager of Limpopo’s Elias Motsoaledi Municipality R30 000 bail each following their arrest on November 23, 2022.
Julia’s representative said that the municipal manager was allegedly instrumental in the municipality investing over R190 million into the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank.
The politician said the mayor allegedly received kickbacks of R300,000 in cash, accommodation, and flight tickets.
According to sources, she revealed Company channeled the kickbacks through a Company belonging to the mayor’s children.