Hawks say they have a case on Pippie se Gesiggie Fund, even if NPA disagrees

2014-01-17 00:00

THERE are indications of serious irregularities with the Pippie se Gesiggie Fund, Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said this week.

The Hawks investigated the fund after a person had alerted the unit about possible misappropriation of the millions of rands which people had donated to help burn victim Pippie Kruger.

Ramaloko said the Hawks had given their findings to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), which had reached a different conclusion and decided not to start criminal proceedings, instead sending all the documents back to the Hawks.

He added the unit will soon submit a new application for prosecution to the NPA.

“Hopefully we can reach the same decision,” he said.

The Pippie se Gesiggie Fund is controlled by Pippie’s mother, Anice, her husband, Erwin, and her grandmother, Loesje Barnard.

According to the fund’s “constitution” as a non-profitable organisation (NPO) monies donated would be used to provide medical and financial assistance to burn victims.

Anice established the fund in June 2012.

To date the fund had paid for a skin-graft operation similar to what Pippie underwent, for only one other burn victim, Celiwe Maseko (5) from Kagiso on the West Rand.

Anice yesterday said through her spokesperson Lynne Zurnamer that she was not aware of the Hawks finding.

She texted sister paper Beeld stating the family would give their side of the story in good time, and not because they are being pressured.

Last year she had said the fund would be audited by July. Zurnamer later told Beeld the audit would be completed by September.

This week, she said the auditing process was still under way.

She said it was not illegal to have family as directors of an NPO and added it was not strange for an audit to take this long.

“I had in November last received feedback from them [the auditors] and they said their preliminary report shows there is no fraud or misappropriation,” said Zurnamer.

Zurnamer last year said the whistle blower who laid the charge at the Hawks is Lindy Cant, the woman who used to administer the Facebook page for Pippie’s Angels. This page, which had meanwhile been closed, asked for donations for the Pippie se Gesiggie Fund.

Cant denied that she went to the Hawks. “I started distancing myself from Anice and ­Pippie when I realised we kept on asking money for people who are not really needy,” she had said last year.

“Anice has a medical fund, accommodation is given to them, she does not have to pay water and electricity in her flat in Johannesburg. So why ask for money?”

After spending more than a year in Johannesburg, Pippie and Anice moved back to their home in ­Lephalale (Ellisras) last year.

A rehabilitation gymnasium has meanwhile been built for Pippie and other burn victims at their home in Lephalale.

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