Probe into Lotto grant
Johannesburg - Allegations of nepotism at the National Lottery Board's (NLB) arts and culture distribution agency will be independently investigated, the trade and industry department (DTI) said on Wednesday.
"It is alleged that the grant was allocated to Makhaya Arts and Craft as the daughter of the chairperson of the NLB, Prof Alfred Nevhutanda, is employed at this organisation," spokesperson Sidwell Medupe said in a statement.
Nevhutanda dismissed the allegations, and said he was not involved in the process.
Medupe said the board was not party to the adjudication processes of the distribution agencies.
"In the interest of transparency, the DTI has resolved to appoint an investigator to look at the process followed in allocating the grant to Makhaya Arts and Craft."
The investigation would determine whether there was any truth to the allegations. Nevhutanda indicated he would co-operate with the probe.
The findings were expected within 15 working days, Medupe said.
In February, the NGO Molteno Language and Literacy Institute initiated legal proceedings against the NLB after it withdrew a R20.4m grant it had previously awarded to the NGO. A week later, the NLB decided to honour the grant.
In January, 400 members of various non-profit organisations staged a protest outside the NLB's offices demanding a forensic audit, and that board members be subjected to a lifestyle audit.