SANCO calls on Public Protector to probe fraud allegations against Mvest Trust

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The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the North West has called on the Office of the Public Protector to probe allegations of fraud related to a multi-million rand payment to a host of companies and patents representing Mvest Trust in which African National Congress (ANC) Spokesperson Pule Mabe allegedly has interests.

SANCO Provincial Chairperson, Paul Sebegoe says the investigation by the North West Development Corporation Board cannot be objective and credible.

The provincial government reportedly awarded Mvest Trust a tender to develop an app for dry cleaning and laundry services in a deal worth R49 million.

North West Development Corporation’s board is allegedly interrogating the actions of former acting CEO Mike Mthimunye, who is believed to have unlawfully authorised the payment of R49 million to Enviro Mobi and Kariki Media.

The tender, which was awarded by the subsidiary of the North West government to Mvest Trust in June 2017, allegedly has the signatures of Mabe’s cousin, Eulender Rakoma, and Mabe’s former business associate Tinyiko Mahuntsi.

Mabe has denied benefiting from the tender but has conceded that he’s entitled to receive incentives as the patent holder of the idea.