Social development fraud: IFP calls on top cop to investigate whistleblower’s ‘suspicious arrest’

2011-10-08 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party has called on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to investigate the suspicious arrest of a whistleblower in a fraud case invovling R14,6 million relating to KwaZulu-Natal social development tenders.

Allan Langton was arres­ted at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday when he was under the impression that he was going to testify against businessman Mthokozisi Nxumalo, his wife Hlengiwe and the suspended director of supply chain for the KZN Social Development Department, Bhekuzalo Vincent Khuzwayo.

The three are charged with defrauding the department of R14,6 million.

It is alleged that from December 2007 until July 2010 they misrepresented to the department that three quotations were prepared by independent entities.

IFP Member of Parliament Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, told Weekend Witness, “On several occasions we requested the Special Investigations Unit to place [Langton] in the witness protection programme, because there had already been several attempts to assassinate him, some allegedly conducted by former members of the South African Police Service.

“It is shocking that Langton was not placed in any such programme and had to run from place to place to protect his life from assassination attempts.”

He said it is very worrying that whistleblowers of this importance are not receiving witness protection and end up in prison.

The party fears for the life of Langton and his physical safety while he is in prison.

Langton was allegedly lured to come to court on the premise that he would testify.

He is living in secret after alleged attacks on him.

The Nxumalos and Khuzwayo are out on bail of R40 000 each and will be back in court on February 10, 2012.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that Langton was arrested in conncection with fraud.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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