South Africa: Missing Millions - Police Investigate ANCWL Social Development Arm

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'Women thought the money was for themselves and not for women's organisations.' -- ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini.

The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has admitted 297 of its women-run projects across South Africa collapsed because hundreds of millions of rand in funding from 30 BEE deals received by the league's social development arm, Malibongwe, have been misappropriated.

The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) secretary-general, Meokgo Matuba, provided these figures at the weekend after laying fraud charges at the Johannesburg Central police station on Friday.

It has been established that the police are investigating eight women involved in two entities aligned to the ANCWL - the Malibongwe Women's Development Organisation, (MWDO), which is an NPO, and the Malibongwe Women's Development Trust (MWDT).

One of those reported to the police is Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and People With Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, a trustee of the trust and former board member of the NPO. Others include former ANCWL KZN chairperson Sibongile Mkhize, who chairs the NPO board, and an independent attorney, Medi Mokuena, a trustee of the trust. The NPO is the main beneficiary of the trust.

The ANCWL secretary-general Matuba opened the fraud case a day after a Daily...

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