Information24 sister publication, Rapport reported on Sunday it had seen the bursary contract between Mahumapelo’s twenty-year-old son, and Denel, to develop into a pilot. Denel undertook to pay for his flight lessons, lodging, meals and even his laundry.
When contacted for remark, Denel launched a press release describing the bursary as unusual, and saying that it was to contribute to the transformation of the aviation trade.
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Nonetheless, it later forwarded communications through which Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan ordered them to retract their preliminary assertion.
Gordhan instructed Rapport that the allegations had been so severe and Denel’s conduct so questionable that he had instantly ordered the newly appointed board to start an investigation.
Solidarity mentioned on Sunday that the bursaries normally utilized to programmes in IT, engineering, funds, and enterprise administration.
“The granting of this bursary is simply extra proof of the excessive degree corruption that’s prevailing in so many state-owned enterprises in South Africa the place cadres are utilizing such enterprises as their private piggy financial institution,” mentioned Deon Reyneke, Solidarity’s deputy secretary basic for defence and aviation.
Reyneke mentioned the commerce union had despatched a letter to the newly appointed chairperson of the Denel board, Monhla Hlahla, which known as for an in-depth probe into the granting of the bursary.
It additional requested Hlahla to take steps towards Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Denel’s chief government, who had reportedly authorised the bursary in his private capability.
“Furthermore, rumours have been doing the rounds for fairly a while that Mahumapelo Snr has ties with the Gupta household and is, within the larger image, linked to state seize,” he mentioned.
Scrutiny of the premier, who’s dealing with a vote of no confidence within the North West legislature on Tuesday, has intensified in latest months.
Metropolis Press reported in March that Mahumapelo shunned state-owned IT service suppliers and opted for a non-public agency, Nepo Knowledge Dynamics, to ship a multimillion-rand know-how improve within the province.
Throughout a raid by the Hawks, among the many paperwork seized from Mahumapelo’s and provincial treasury’s workplaces, had been these associated to funds to Nepo.
Reyneke mentioned the revelation of the granting of the bursary to Mahumapelo got here shortly after Solidarity introduced it had launched a bid to have South Africa’s nationwide provider, SAA, positioned underneath enterprise rescue.
“Solidarity is not going to hesitate to take motion towards state-owned enterprises that squander South African residents’ tax cash,” he mentioned.
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