The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, to be suspended pending investigations.
This follows a scandal implicating Brigadier Mulaudzi, who allegedly bribed National Lottery Commission (NLC) employees to receive R3 million to set up a sports center at the Denzhe Primary Care in Limpopo.
DA Shadow Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) Matt Cuthbert claims that the money allocated to the sports centre will be used for things unrelated to the actual project, including buying minibus taxis and kickbacks paid to Lottery employees.
“Mulaudzi received these funds even though DTIC provided evidence to the Hawks regarding the alleged NLC corruption related to Denzhe,” said Cuthbert.
He said DA is aware of the Forensic for Justice report on Mulaudzi and the alleged abuse of his foundation through the funding.
He said the funds allocated to the sports centre was spent on things unrelated to the project itself, such as buying minibus taxis and setbacks paid to NLC employees.
Cuthbert said that given the seriousness of these allegations and some of the unanswered questions on the matter, DA urged the Hawks chief, Godfrey Lebeya to suspend Mulaudzi pending an internal investigation.
“The integrity of the NLC corruption investigation must be maintained so that those responsible for stealing taxpayers’ money can be thrown into prison,” he added.