Whistleblower arrested in court

2011-10-11 00:00

ALLAN Langton, the whistleblower in a R14,6 million fraud and corruption case within the KZN Social Development Department, was yesterday remanded in custody for a week after a brief appearance in Empangeni Magistrate’s Court.

Langton is charged with forgery relating to some documents concerning the company of Hlengiwe Nxumalo, Andisa Unathi Investment CC.

Langton was arrested at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday when he arrived thinking he was going to testify against businessman Mthokozisi Nxumalo, his wife Hlengiwe and the currently suspended director of supply chain management for the department, Bhekuzalo Vincent Khuzwayo in the fraud case.

Democratic Alliance KZN leader Sizwe Mchunu said he believes the whistleblower is being used as a scapegoat by a department which, he has claimed, is fatally flawed, and rife with corruption and mismanagement.

Langton’s arrest comes after he co-operated with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and exposed a racket within the department, allegedly involving a large number of ANC politicians and parliamentarians.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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