Hawks investigate new ANC MP

2014-05-22 08:20

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Hawks are investigating newly sworn-in member of Parliament Patrick Mabilo for alleged fraud.

City Press understands the former Northern Cape MEC for transport, safety and liaison has been embroiled in a credit card scandal for the past year.

He was moved to the provincial department of environmental affairs in May last year when media reportsemerged that he had misused his official credit card.

But now the same department that claimed Mabilo had not misused the credit card has reported him to the Hawks.

Paul Ramaloko, Hawks spokesperson, confirmed that a case of fraud was being investigated against the former MEC. He would not provide any further details.

City Press understands that Mabilo, now an ANC MP, had racked up a bill of close to R200 000 in 2012/2013 and has not been able to provide the necessary documentation to prove his expenditure.

It was also reported that Mabilo had used his credit card on holiday in Maputo in December 2012 where he spent about R10 000. He also allegedly spent R15 000 at a mall in Bloemfontein, which he quickly paid back.

City Press also understands that the head of department (HOD) at transport, safety and liaison wrote numerous letters to Mabilo asking for documentation regarding the expenses.

The latest letter was written last week.

The HOD, Steven Yonkers, confirmed that a case had been opened against Mabilo.

“We are only opening a case now because we were giving him time to provide the documenting evidence that he has not misused the credit card. But he has not done that,” said Yonkers.

He added that the department was still investigating what Mabilo had spent R197 000 on.

“We might still have to open more cases against him because we still don’t know what he used the money for. From an audit, we know that most of the expenditure was for private purposes,” he said.

When Mabilo was called for comment, he simply said “yho” and dropped the phone. He did not answer his phone again.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.