Sun. Sep 22nd, 2019

Public Protector to investigate N West mining workers royalties

Busisiwe Mkhwebane

The Public Protector is to investigate a case where millions of rands in North West mining royalties went missing. Busisiwe Mkhwebane addressed the provincial legislature on Thursday on the mysterious D account.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela investigated the matter for five years.

She found monies paid by mining group Lonmin. The monies were destined for the upliftment of the community.

Mkhwebane says, “The bigger investigation on the whole D account is where we will have then to even appoint a very specialised possibly forensic investigators to go deeper into that particular investigation.”

The Public Protector, meanwhile, criticised several departments including the Premier’s Office for impeding the investigations.

North West Supra Mahumapelo says, “We will support you. As the provincial executive of the government, we will even support you when you investigate us, and do your work against some of us, including myself as the premier of the province, and so, do your work irrespective of who we are and who is involved.”

Scopa in North West Mahlakeng Mahlakeng says, “We certainly are going to be there to insist on those departments, but as the premier himself said that he wasn’t aware. Definitely, he is always cooperative on matters of Scopa and Public Protector.”

The Public Protector will engage the Madibogo community.

Service delivery is expected to be a talking point, especially water provision.

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