Graft claims at NPO

Sunday Tribune - - TRA VEL - MERVYN NAIDOO

A High-rank­ing Al An­saar Foun­da­tion of­fi­cial has al­leged that “en­demic cor­rup­tion, mis­man­age­ment, and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion” oc­curred within the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, in an open let­ter cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia this week.

Zaid Omar­jee, Al An­saar’s chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, said the foun­da­tion re­lied heav­ily on donors “to serve the com­mu­nity”, but of­fi­cials within the or­gan­i­sa­tion were work­ing for “self-gain”.

Omar­jee took aim at the foun­da­tion’s board, in par­tic­u­lar, Ma­homed Ab­dool Gaf­far (Mag) Joosab, the chair­per­son.

“Joosab is the sole au­thor­ity and all de­ci­sions are made by him, there have been no AGMS held an­nu­ally and fi­nan­cial re­ports are not made avail­able,” Omar­jee claimed.

He also noted two un­com­pleted lev­els of the build­ing do­nated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion 20 years ago. Omar­jee be­lieved waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture ham­pered con­struc­tion work.

Omar­jee fur­ther cited var­i­ous al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in how the foun­da­tion han­dled funds, staff ap­point­ments and the award­ing of ser­vice con­tracts.

How­ever, a well placed source who asked not be named said Omar­jee was bit­ter over be­ing sub­poe­naed to ap­pear be­fore the foun­da­tion’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee (DC) in Septem­ber.

The no­tice to ap­pear be­fore the DC listed three charges which re­lated to Omar­jee be­ing in breach of con­tract. Omar­jee al­legedly joined other in­di­vid­u­als who reg­is­tered com­pa­nies in di­rect op­po­si­tion to the aims of the foun­da­tion.

When ap­proached for com­ment Joosab re­ferred this news­pa­per to Ir­faan Bux, a fel­low board mem­ber.

Bux said his or­gan­i­sa­tion would only com­ment once their board had met their le­gal team.

The Jamiatul Ulama had re­sponded by pub­li­ca­tion. not

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