Hawks investigate new ANC MP

2014-05-22 08:20

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The Hawks are investigating newly sworn-in member of Parliament Patrick Mabilo for alleged fraud.

City Press understands the former Northern Cape MEC for transport, safety and liaison has been embroiled in a credit card scandal for the past year.

He was moved to the provincial department of environmental affairs in May last year when media reportsemerged that he had misused his official credit card.

But now the same department that claimed Mabilo had not misused the credit card has reported him to the Hawks.

Paul Ramaloko, Hawks spokesperson, confirmed that a case of fraud was being investigated against the former MEC. He would not provide any further details.

City Press understands that Mabilo, now an ANC MP, had racked up a bill of close to R200 000 in 2012/2013 and has not been able to provide the necessary documentation to prove his expenditure.

It was also reported that Mabilo had used his credit card on holiday in Maputo in December 2012 where he spent about R10 000. He also allegedly spent R15 000 at a mall in Bloemfontein, which he quickly paid back.

City Press also understands that the head of department (HOD) at transport, safety and liaison wrote numerous letters to Mabilo asking for documentation regarding the expenses.

The latest letter was written last week.

The HOD, Steven Yonkers, confirmed that a case had been opened against Mabilo.

“We are only opening a case now because we were giving him time to provide the documenting evidence that he has not misused the credit card. But he has not done that,” said Yonkers.

He added that the department was still investigating what Mabilo had spent R197 000 on.

“We might still have to open more cases against him because we still don’t know what he used the money for. From an audit, we know that most of the expenditure was for private purposes,” he said.

When Mabilo was called for comment, he simply said “yho” and dropped the phone. He did not answer his phone again.

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