The Democratic Alliance (DA) has today laid criminal charges of fraud and corruption against North West Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, and Denel Chief Executive Officer, Zwelakhe Ntshepe.
DA Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Natasha Mazzone said the charges were laid in terms of Sections 50 and 51 of the Public Finance Management Act (PMFA).
This follows allegations that Ntshepe approved a R1.1 million Denel bursary for North West Province Premier’ son Oarabile Mahumapelo without following due procedure.
Mahumapelo’s son is studying at a Port Alfred aeronautics school which allegedly don’t form part of Denel’s list of accredited schools.
Mazzone said Denel bursaries only covers the fields of Information Technology, Engineering, Finances, and Business Management.
In a statement on Tuesday, Aerospace and defence technology parastatal, Denel refuted claims as false, saying the granting of a bursary to Mahumapelo’s son, Oarabile, was not done in contravention of the state-owned entity’s policy.
“Denel denies these allegations as false. Bursaries were granted to three students with the same criteria, But only one has attracted the interest of the media,” said Denel.
Denel said the award was made in compliance with Denel’s relevant policy after a full disclosure and presentation to the board of directors of parastatal, which was noted with no objection.
Nonetheless, DA said it is now time for Supra and Ntshepe to pay the piper.
“We urge police to investigate these charges and guarantee that reality becomes exposed. . If there was any wrongdoing by Supra and Ntshepe, they must be held accountable,” said Mazzone.
In the mean time, DA in North West said it will write to the Speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature, Susan Dantje, requesting reasons the Motion of No Confidence in disgraced Premier Mahumapelo scheduled for Tuesday, was deferred late last night [Monday].
“Kindly be adviced that the house sitting planned for this morning at 9h00 has been postponed on request by Economic Freedom Fighters as sponsors of the motion pending finalization of their intended legal proceedings. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause,” Dantjie said in a SMS.