Monday, June 14, 2010

The World Game we love: Jimmy Mohlala

Jimmy Mohlala, an ANC official in Mpumalanga who blew the whistle on alleged corruption in a 2010 construction project, was shot dead in his Nelspruit house last night.

Mohlala’s death was confirmed by SAPS Captain Philip Fakhude and Mbombela municipality communications officer Bessie Pienaar.

Pienaar did not have further details, but Fakhude said Mohlala, the speaker of the Mbombela municipality, was shot dead outside his house as he tried to run away from two assailants.

His 19-year-old son was shot and wounded.

“He [Jimmy Mohlala] was at his house with his 19-year-old son. They wanted to park a car in the garage. Two suspects came and started arguing with the son,” said Fakhude.

“The son threw the car keys on the ground, saying ‘if you want the vehicle, take it’. They then shot the son in the ankle and Mr Mohlala ran to his garage. They followed him and shot him in the shoulder.”

The two men ran away without stealing anything.

Mohlala died on his way to hospital.

Fakhude said the motive for the killing was not known. “We are not sure. We are still investigating,” said Fakhude.

Mohlala was in the news about a year ago following reports that some African National Congress members wanted him sacked for blowing the whistle on a colleague, Mbombela municipal manager Jacob Dladla.

Shortly after that, the ANC recalled Mohlala but he refused to step down.

At the time of his murder, the party was in the process of taking disciplinary action against him.

The ANC expressed its “deepest felt condolences” at his death on Monday. “It is really hard to come to terms losing a comrade of Jimmy’s calibre. He was one of those cadres who was very talented, skilful and dedicated to working for the upliftment of the standard of lives of our people,” provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa said in a statement. “His untimely death has robbed us of a cadre whom will be difficult to replace in many aspects.”

The Mail and Guardian newspaper reported last February that Mohlala had blown the whistle on Dladla and said it had reliably learnt that some ANC officials had allegedly attempted to cover up a report on alleged corruption by Dladla.

The local council investigated Dladla on a range of allegations, including the manipulation of tenders in 2010 construction contracts, harassment of council employees, and failure to keep the council updated on progress ahead of the Soccer World Cup, the weekly newspaper reported.

The teaching and actions of Jesus nowhere show a concern for 'social justice'. The reason is that the call for social justice springs from envy rather than from compassion"
DB Knox


byron smith said...

"The teaching and actions of Jesus nowhere show a concern for 'social justice'."

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.'

‘Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.'

'But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.'

'Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’

‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’

Mike Bull said...

I think the difference is that the Bible calls for generosity, not socialism (robbery). We do need welfare, but generosity cannot be institutionalised. I think there is some truth in the Knox statement.