Johannesburg - The disappearance of non-profit organisation (NPO) A re Agang deputy director Nomawethu Kunene fits the pattern of ruthless perpetrators of state looting, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.
Her disappearance was alarming, as Kunene appeared to become the target of harassment, including a bogus arrest by police in December last year, presumably to put pressure on her to keep quiet about events around the funneling of money from the Gauteng social development department to other destinations, DA Gauteng MPL Justus de Goede said.
A re Agang, which provides shelter for abused women, made headlines last year, after being used by Gauteng social development as a “conduit” for payments to other organisations funded by the department, he said.
The NPO processed one payment of R14 million to Life Esidimeni and without prior warning received a further transfer of over R10 million. These payments made by the department were a blatant violation of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). The details of the transfer were unclear, as it appeared to come from a source other than the department.
A re Ageng staff suspected that these transfers were irregular and notified the department to confirm that it had made this transfer. In November 2017, A re Ageng’s bank account was hacked and R5 million transferred to a fuel sale company, which immediately paid a large number of suppliers to obtain a huge quantity of diesel fuel, which was quickly transferred to tankers “for export to a neighbouring country”, De Goede said.