Probe into flight bur­sary for NW pre­mier’s son

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DENEL has told Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on pub­lic en­ter­prises that a R1,1 mil­lion flight school bur­sary awarded to for­mer North West Pre­mier Supra Mahumapelo’s son has been ter­mi­nated and will be re­ferred to the Direc­torate of Pri­or­ity Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The state-owned arms com­pany’s new lead­er­ship, in­clud­ing Is­mail Dock­rat who has been act­ing CEO for a few days, told Par­lia­ment that it was push­ing back against a num­ber of ques­tion­able de­ci­sions made by past lead­ers which saw Denel need­lessly lose money. The del­e­ga­tion, led by Denel chair Monhla Hlahla, said that the bur­sary awarded to Oara­bile Mahumapelo (20) was de­clared in­valid and fraud­u­lent and had been re­ferred to the Hawks for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We en­coun­tered a num­ber of is­sues with a pi­lot bur­sary we awarded. It was not ad­ver­tised or sub­jected to proper se­lec­tion pro­cesses.

“We have de­cided as a re­sult that we will no longer con­tinue with the bur­sary pol­icy and it has been ter­mi­nated,” said Denel board mem­ber Talib Sadik.

Ear­lier this year, Rap­port re­ported that in the bur­sary con­tract, which it had seen, Denel had un­der­taken to pay for Mahumapelo’s flight classes, ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and laun­dry.

At the time, Rap­port re­ported that when con­tacted for com­ment, Denel re­leased a state­ment say­ing the bur­sary was or­di­nary and that it would con­trib­ute to trans­form­ing the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

It later with­drew the state­ment fol­low­ing a di­rec­tive from Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han. — Fin24.

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