CAPE TOWN – JSE-listed Tiso Blackstar Group said on Wednesday that one of its employees, columnist and associate editor Ranjeni Munusamy, had been placed on special leave following allegations at the Zondo Commission that she had received money from a police crime intelligence slush fund.
Testifying at the commission, Hawks officer Colonel Kobus Roelofse said: “We were able to uncover an amount of R143 621,78. It was paid from Atlantis Motor business account to a Westbank vehicle finance account, in the name of Ms Ranjeni Munusamy.”
It was debited in July 2008, he said.
In response to these revelations, The Tiso Blackstar Group, where Munusamy is currently employed, released a statement which read: “We adhere to the doctrine of presumption of innocence until proven guilty and the principles of natural justice that include hearing both sides of the story. However, we have granted her special leave considering the gravity of these allegations.”
Other media reports suggest that the editor of the Sunday Times, Bongani Siqoko, commenced with internal investigations on Wednesday as soon as the commission notified Munusamy of these allegations.