Ex-ANC leader probed for R5m fraud

2013-09-01 13:47
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Pretoria - Former ANC leader and businessman Mutumwa Mawere is being investigated by the Hawks after allegedly using the ruling party’s letterhead and the signature of a colleague to defraud the national lottery of more than R5m.

According to the Sunday Independent, it has emerged that despite being alerted to the investigation by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations, the National Lotteries board made an additional payment of more than R1.1m into Mawere’s account.

Mawere was chairperson of the ANC’s Rivonia branch in Johannesburg until January when he was expelled over the matter.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, to whom the lotteries board reports, has requested a full report of the investigation into how the alleged fraud took place. He was only informed of the alleged fraud in a letter from the lotteries board on 12 August, a day after the Sunday Independent reported the alleged crime.

Three weeks ago the newspaper reported how Mawere had been arrested for allegedly defrauding the National Lotteries Board of R4.5m.

It has since come to light that Mawere was paid another R1.1m by the board after the Hawks indicated that the initial R4.5m might have been fraudulently acquired. This latest development has raised questions about the security measures around the board’s financial distributions. 
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