White farmer refused payout for excavation of sand on(expropriated farm-land) by Water-Affairs Dept official Patience Mangotlo 'because he's white' -
2012-05-22 Beeld senior editor Philip de Bruin writes that Mrs Patience Mangotlo, a deputy-director in the water-affairs department headquarters, refused to pay a white farmer for a part of his farm for exavation of many tons of sand which was used in the construction of a pipe-line to a black township. The official Patience Mangotlo told colleagues and people outside the department she refused to sign the approval-order to pay him 'because he's a white farmer'.
This came to light in a letter directed by the farmer's lawyer Len Dekker, addressed to the director-general of the department Maxwell Sirenya.(contact: Tel: 012 336 6696 , Fax: 012 336 8850 Email: Tloubatlai@dwa.gov.za)
“Patience Mangotlo openly told officials at the department, and also others, that she refuses to sign the approval for paying for expropriated land to a white farmer, because he's white', Dekker wrote to Sirenya according to Beeld.
Dekker wrote the letter on behalf of farmer P. Haasbroek of Limpopo - who has still not been paid for the many tons of sand which the department excavated from a portion of his farm. The sand is used to build a water-reticulation system from a dam to black townships near Louis Trichardt.
The attorney reportedly wrote that his enquiries revealed that the "Haasbroek file had been on Mangotlo's desk for weeks - and that she had made the statement that she refused to pay compensation to a 'white farmer'.
Her statement created so much furore amongst workers inside the department and even outside, Beeld wrote, that the Democratic Alliance spokesman Gareth Morgan, submitted a written request for an explanation about this allegedly racist incident to the Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.
He asked: "Is Mangotlo being investigated for alleged racial discrimination against the owner of the excavated sand-site, Mr Haasbroek?"
Dekker told Beeld that since his letter to Sirenya, Haasbroek was suddenly paid a portion of the money the Water Affairs Department owes him.
"Seems to me that in South Africa, it's much worse that a little white model uses th k-word than when a deputy-director refuses to pay compensation to a 'white farmer' for expropriation of his property because he is white'.
Mrs Mangotlo did not reply to phone calls to her direct number, Beeld noted yesterday -