SIU raids the National Lottery Commission’s offices

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After allegations of corruption and maladministration were floating around in the air, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) raided the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) offices on Tuesday morning.

At about 07:00, Hawks officials and SIU officers made their way inside the Pretoria offices, says eNCA.

“We are here,” said SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago, according to TimesLive. “We were granted a search warrant yesterday [Monday] to come and get documents from the commission and all other areas where we can find the documents.”

According to News24, President Cyril Ramaphosa had – on 6 November – ordered an investigation into the commission after fraud, corruption and tender irregularities were alleged.

TimesLive states that Kganyago said, “We are in the process of gathering information to make sure we look at it. The [proclamation 32 of 2020, signed in October and gazetted in November] says we must investigate all the transactions from 1 January 2014, up until the date of the proclamation.

“We are looking at the granting of the disbursements that were done.”

NLC chairperson Professor Alfred Nevhutanda was ordered by parliament to resign in September, reports News24.

In the same month, the publication reported that four NLC funding projects was allegedly tied to COO Phil Letwaba, as well as his family and friends.