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Lottery corruption report delayed as new information surfaces

Lottery corruption report delayed as new information surfaces
Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel says he has asked the National Lotteries Commission for details of legal expenditure. (Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks)

The Special Investigating Unit was expected to hand its report to President Ramaphosa in April.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has explained that new information has delayed its handing over of a report on corruption in the National Lotteries Commission to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The new information relates to “matters under investigation”, according to spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

He also said the SIU is “waiting for the Special Tribunal to make decisions on certain matters before we submit the report”.

Furthermore, affected members were being given “the opportunity to respond before we finalise their matters”.

In November 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a proclamation authorising the SIU to probe alleged Lottery corruption.

When SIU head Andy Mothibi reported on progress in the investigation before the Trade, Industry, and Competition parliamentary portfolio committee in March this year, he had said the report was due to be completed by the end of March and handed to the President early in April.

In his presentation to Parliament, Mothibi revealed how the SIU had uncovered a litany of fraud, money laundering and networks of corruption involving NLC chief operating officer Phillemon Letwaba and his family and associates, former board chairperson Alfred Nevhutanda, and former board member William Huma.

Presidential spokesman Vincent Mgwenya referred queries about the delay in the handing over of the report to the SIU. DM

First published by GroundUp.

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