Lotto wants to win R4m back
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