SIU raids offices of National Lotteries Commission

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The National Lotteries Commission was raided on Tuesday.
The National Lotteries Commission was raided on Tuesday.
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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) carried out a raid at the offices of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) in Pretoria early on Tuesday morning.

According to eNCA, around a dozen SIU officers, as well as members of the Hawks, entered the building at around 07:00.

They will reportedly be looking for computers and other electronic storage devices, as well as incriminating documents.

On 6 November, President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered an investigation into the NLC to look into allegations of corruption, fraud, and tender irregularities dating back to 2014.

READ | Police probing 4 alleged corrupt projects at lottery commission - but board chair will not resign

The commission has been engulfed by ongoing reports of corruption, nepotism, and maladministration, GroundUp reported.

Parliament ordered NLC chairperson, Professor Alfred Nevhutanda, to resign in September and his position was reportedly advertised. An appointment date was set for 1 December.

In September, News24 reported that four NLC proactive funding projects had allegedly been linked to COO, Philemon Letwaba, his friends and relatives.

SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago confirmed the search-and-seizure operation to News24.

More to follow.

 - Compiled by Riaan Grobler


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