Trade union Solidarity has warned that it will take action against state owned enterprises that are wasting taxpayers’ money.

During the weekend, Solidarity revealed that arms manufacturer Denel gave the son of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo a R1.1 million bursary last year.

Solidarity Deputy General-Secretary for Defence and Aviation, Deon Reyneke, says the bursary was used to fund Supra Oarabile Mahumapelo’s private flight lessons.

Denel was in financial trouble at the end of last year and was struggling to pay salaries to its employees.

Reyneke says the bursary was particularly controversial because historically, Denel’s bursary programme only applied to studies in IT, engineering, finance and business management.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has requested the Denel board to investigate the circumstances under which Mahumapelo’s son was given the bursary.


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