An employee of the Madibeng Municipality, who is accused of murder, has been paid a monthly salary of almost R40 000 for the past year while he has been in jail.
Victor Budlela, the personal assistant to a member of the mayoral committee, is one of five men standing trial for the murder of Kagiso Modipa (33) in Madidi near Brits on 30 June. He was arrested a few days later and has been detained since.
Despite the fact that he has been behind bars for more than a year, the Madibeng municipality is still paying his monthly salary of just over R37 000. Upon an enquiry by Kormorant, all the municipality was willing to say was that “”the municipality acknowledges receipt of this media enquiry. However we are not in a position to comment at the moment. We shall nonetheless do so at the appropriate time”.
Budlela and four accomplices are accused of beating Kagiso Modipa to death on 30 June 2019. At the time, Modipa’s family said Kagiso was with a friend when a group of men attacked them. The friend was able to escape but the attackers allegedly drove away with Kagiso. The family searched for him and later found his body at a government mortuary.
Shortly after Kormorant sent the municipality an enquiry into the matter, the Madibeng mayor, Jostina Mothibe, circulated a letter to all members of the mayoral committee, requesting a report from each one on all employees “who are absconding” in the respective departments. Ironically, Budlela directly reported to the manager of the mayor’s office.
Budlela and his four co-accused will again appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on 27 August 2020.