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National Lotteries Offices’ Raided by Hawks

National Lotteries Offices’ Raided by Hawks

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) raided the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) offices in Hatfield Pretoria early on Tuesday morning 8 December, for an array of items to help get to the bottom of any corrupt activities. President Cyril Ramaphosa, last month, gave the go-ahead for an investigation to take place regarding corruption, fraud and tender irregularities within the commission.

According to SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, the teams, in collaboration with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), would be looking for items such as documents, files and computers.  The SIU and Hawks will be investigating “everything” including contracts and allocations made, dating back to January 2014.

“Once we have criminality, we will involve the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA),” said Kganyago. We were fearful of the fact that documents might disappear now that this is in the public, we then applied for a search and seizure warrant which was granted by the magistrate yesterday and that’s why we’re here today.”

The raid reportedly started at 7:00 on Tuesday and would continue until the work was done.

Ramaphosa authorised the SIU to investigate the following concerns at the National Lotteries Commission;

  • (a) serious maladministration in connection with the affairs of the NLC;
  • (b) improper or unlawful conduct by employees or officials of the NLC;
  • (c) unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money or property;
  • (d) unlawful, irregular or unapproved acquisitive acts, transactions, measures or practices having a bearing upon state property;
  • (e) intentional or negligent loss of public money or damage to public property;
  • (f) offences in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act; and
  • (g) unlawful or improper conduct by any person, which has caused or may cause serious harm to the interests of the public – “or any category thereof”.

Karam Singh, Corruption Watch’s head of legal and investigations, said: “We are very pleased to see a proclamation in the National Lotteries Commission matter. It is something we have tracked given the stories for many years of alleged corruption. We hope the investigation can address the serious allegations of financial irregularities as reported.”




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