Lotto wants to win R4m back


Sunday World - - News - NKU­L­ULEKO NCANA

A LE­GAL show­down is play­ing out at the North Gaut­eng High Court be­tween ac­tor Sello Maake kaNcube and his for­mer lover, Thandi Ng­cobo.

At the cen­tre of the feud is a high court ap­pli­ca­tion by the Na­tional Lotteries Board (NLB) to freeze the bank ac­count of Ng­cobo’s non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which was paid for a joint project with the Sello Maake kaNcube Foun­da­tion.

The NLB has ac­cused Ng­cobo of pos­si­ble fraud and the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of pub­lic money”.

The NLB ap­proved R5-mil­lion fund­ing for a joint project be­tween Ng­cobo s Bate­bang Com­mu­nity Ser­vices (BCS) and Maake kaNcube s foun­da­tion.

An ini­tial R4-mil­lion was paid into BCS’s ac­count which, it is now un­der­stood, was meant to be then trans­ferred by Ng­cobo into Maake kaNcube s foun­da­tion within 14 days of re­ceiv­ing the cash.

The fund­ing was made avail­able to or­gan­ise the Lionel Ngakane Academy for Mo­tion Pic­ture Awards in Dur­ban last year. Sun­day World can re­veal that the for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tor wrote to the NLB to with­draw from the project when the money was not paid into his ac­count. It is be­lieved a lovers feud be­tween Maake kaNcube and Ng­cobo es­ca­lated the ten­sion around the project.

Sun­day World has seen a copy of the let­ter, in which the foun­da­tion

dis­so­ci­ates it­self from any in­volve­ment in any project what­so­ever pur­ported to be on its be­half by Bate­bang and funded by the NLB, and con­firms that Bate­bang, in so en­gag­ing, does so on its own ac­cord and not for and on be­half of the foun­da­tion”. Maake kaNcube wrote: Bate­bang does not have any man­date or author­ity whether ac­tual, tacit or pur­ported to act on be­half of or for the foun­da­tion.”

But BCS ar­gues that the par­ties have a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing dat­ing back to 2011. And that, if the me­moran­dum was not in or­der, the NLB would not have re­leased the fund­ing.

The NLB and Maake kaNcube’s foun­da­tion filed an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion in court in an ef­fort to stop Ng­cobo from spend­ing the R4-mil­lion that the NLB says she

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was not en­ti­tled to.

Af­ter the R4-mil­lion was paid, it was agreed that the bal­ance of R1-mil­lion would be paid when 75% of the ini­tial fund­ing had been spent.

Ng­cobo, a mo­ti­va­tional speaker and BCS founder, won the ap­pli­ca­tion brought against her af­ter the court dis­missed it with costs.

The NLB has now in­structed its lawyers to ap­peal the May 12 rul­ing as it be­lieves it acted in the best in­ter­est of the tax­payer by pre­vent­ing the fraud­u­lent use of pub­lic money.

Maake kaNcube’s foun­da­tion is the sec­ond ap­pli­cant in the mat­ter.

It is un­clear why this is the case, given that in the same let­ter that Maake kaNcube wrote to the NLB on be­half of his foun­da­tion, he ex­plic­itly dis­tanced his or­gan­i­sa­tion from the court case.

The foun­da­tion does not have an in­ter­est in the court case brought by the NLB against Bate­bang, and hereby of­fi­cially

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