Probe into Lotto grant

2012-03-01 10:31

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.

  • Guy - 2012-03-01 11:08

    Is everything rotten in this country now?

      Godfrey - 2012-03-01 12:00

      I would like some comrade from the ANC to name any government related institution where fellow comrades have been deployed which is not riddled with corruption.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-01 11:09

    Lets just call for a probe into the corrupt ANC !!

      Kala - 2012-03-01 15:56

      Let's just probe the ANC... With baseball bats

  • Andre - 2012-03-01 11:15

    Rotten corrupt to the bone! This guy, apparently a professor, don't understand and with his academic background should really. investigate his professorship and qualifications as well.

  • Brett - 2012-03-01 11:32

    "Crime pays in SA"

  • Gavin - 2012-03-01 11:45

    Same sh_t different day. How about we have a - thou shalt not steal today day ? Wtf is wrong with people that they think it's acceptable to take what isn't their's ? I don't know about you, but I'm starting to avoid listening to the news as all it contains is how much some member of parliament stole, or how they palmed a lucrative contract on their cousin, or bought a submarine from some bribe paying company. The sad thing is that if you take all the money that has been re-deployed you could probably have built a house for every single homeless person, given them a decent meal and possibly a job. But I suppose it's difficult to be honest when the rot goes all the way to the very top.

      Bigsister - 2012-03-01 12:55

      Therein lies the problem, the rot goes all the way to the top.

      Kala - 2012-03-01 15:57

      Wrong Folks... It starts at the top.

  • Bigsister - 2012-03-01 11:50

    Not a day goes by without some form of corruption involving huge sums of money being exposed. It is so embarrassing, I feel like South Africa is more corrupt than I ever thought places like Nigeria and Brazil are. When are people going to resort to earning an honest living and doing an honest days work? When are they going to stop seeing their job as an opportunity to enrich themselves at the expense of the work they are paid to do? Is it not enough to have a job and get a salary? I am a single parent trying to put 3 teenagers through university and boy-oh-boy its a battle but I am not resorting to illegal cash injections into my domestic budget, I battle on doing an honest days work for and honest wage. Come on people, this cannot possibly be what your parents tought you, you cannot possibly think you are making them proud by doing this. Now get off the effing gravy train and start working!

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-02-06 19:23

    15 days is a long time.The investigaters must get their cut too of the lotto

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