Fa­ther con­firms Pip­pie’s fund is not an NPO, as was claimed

Weekend Witness - - News - LOURENSA ECKARD

“WE didn’t steal money, but Pip­pie’s fund did help us fill a gap some­times,” the lit­tle burn vic­tim’s fa­ther, Er­win Kruger, said yes­ter­day.

He was an­swer­ing ques­tions af­ter the Hawks said there is ev­i­dence of se­ri­ous ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties with the Pip­pie se Ge­sig­gie Fund, and they would ask the NPA to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion not to bring charges.

Kruger con­firmed yes­ter­day that: • the do­na­tions were all paid into his wife Anice’s ac­count; and • the fund was not reg­is­tered as a non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion (NPO) but as their pri­vate com­pany.

“A lot of money was raised for my and Anice’s ex­penses as well. Anice some­times had to fly to Cape Town or drive some­where for a fundrais­ing event and that was paid for by the fund.

“We wanted to open a sep­a­rate ac­count, but be­cause the reg­is­tra­tion process wasn’t com­plete, we couldn’t.”

The fund’s Face­book page says it is an NPO.

“Maybe Anice in her naivety told peo­ple it was an NPO, but it wasn’t of­fi­cially reg­is­tered. It’s not our fault that the process takes so long.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion process has dragged on for more than a year, he said.

“There are a lot of ad­min­is­tra­tive things that take a lot of time.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing and peo­ple don’t un­der­stand what a schlep it is.”

The of­fi­cial name of the fund is Pip­pie­se­Ge­sig­gie Pty Ltd. It is con­trolled by Er­win and Anice and her mother, Loesje Barnard.

“I don’t look at bank state­ments ev­ery day, so I don’t know ex­actly how much money there is,” said Er­win.

He said there had never been more than R1,9 mil­lion in the ac­count and there is about R300 000 left.

“We have paid for Pip­pie’s and Celiwe’s [Maseko] op­er­a­tions and the [re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion] gym that was built at our house.”

He said the Hawks have de­manded a foren­sic au­dit that will cost about R70 000.

“An or­di­nary au­dit would cost me R4 000.”

He said the process is al­most com­plete.

Er­win in­sists there have been no ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

“I know I haven’t stolen any­thing. I have of­ten paid money from my own bank ac­count to the fund, and I’m busy sell­ing a car to pay that money into the fund.”

He said Pip­pie is mak­ing good progress back at home.

“She can even say my name, but only when she feels like it.”

Photo: BONGIWE GUMEDE

Pip­pie Kruger’s fa­ther, Er­win, mother, Anice, and brother, Arno.

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