The Makhado Municipality’s “partying” ANC councillor, Cllr Tebogo Mamorobela, was in the news again this week for all the wrong reasons. Once again, the main contributor to this prominent 39-year-old ANC member’s proverbial downfall appears to be alcohol.
Residents of Louis Trichardt woke up to the news on Sunday that Mamorobela had been involved in a vehicle accident on the corner of Jeppe and Anderson Street. The accident occurred between 04:00 and 05:00. Apparently, Mamorobela had first crashed into another vehicle before smashing her luxury Ford Ranger bakkie through a resident’s prefab fence. Mamorobela apparently tried her utmost to avoid being charged and arrested.
Her alleged attempt to avoid prosecution was, however, to no avail. She was arrested by members of the Makhado SAPS and charged with, among other things, driving under the influence of alcohol.
In April this year, Mamorobela and two of her friends, Harold Muswobi (50) and Khathutshelo Matshusa (33), were arrested after a video of her partying with friends on her 39th birthday started circulating on social media.
In the video, Mamorobela could be seen dancing with a bottle of liquor while mocking police minister Bheki Cele. Several other persons could also be seen in the video, socialising around a table filled with bottles of alcohol. This was amidst the Level 5 lockdown period, which prohibited all alcohol sales and gatherings such as birthday parties.
Following the damning video, Mamorobela and her two friends were arrested on charges of contravening the lockdown regulations. After their court appearance, they were released on R1 000 bail each. A resolution by the ANC of the Vhembe region was subsequently taken that Mamorobela should recuse herself from all activities of the municipality with immediate effect, until the hearing.