Forensic probe unearths main points of National Lotteries Commission fiasco in Eastern Cape and Limpopo
- A 2020 file by way of auditors SekelaXabiso (SkX) has published how thousands and thousands of rands meant for varsity bathrooms have been hijacked.
- The file, commissioned by way of the National Lotteries Commission, displays that two non-profit firms managed by way of legal professional Lesley Ramulifho each and every gained R10-million in grants to construct new bathrooms.
- One corporate was once to build ten new bathroom blocks in Limpopo and the opposite was once to build new bathrooms at 15 faculties within the Eastern Cape.
- SkX’s file discovered that bathrooms have been constructed at simplest seven Limpopo faculties and simplest 4 Eastern Cape faculties, and that the workmanship and fabrics used have been of deficient high quality.
A leaked forensic file has published main points of the best way thousands and thousands of rands meant to construct bathrooms at rural Eastern Cape and Limpopo faculties have been hijacked by way of Lottopreneurs.
GroundUp and the Limpopo Mirror first uncovered the dodgy dealings within the R30-million bathroom challenge in 2019. This spurred the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) to nominate audit company SekelaXabiso (SkX) to analyze.
The file by way of SkX is one in all a number of commissioned by way of the NLC in 2020 following allegations of malfeasance. SkX passed the report back to the NLC in 2020, however the brand new NLC board, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) simplest gained the file this 12 months. The NLC lied to Parliament in 2021 about intended delays in completing the file.
The file confirms that two non-profit firms managed by way of legal professional Lesley Ramulifho – Zibsifusion and Dinosys – each and every gained R10-million in grants to construct new bathrooms. Ramulifho has been all for a number of dodgy lottery offers and has gained greater than R60-million in lottery grants.
One corporate, Zibsifusion, was once to build ten new bathroom blocks in Limpopo and the opposite, Dinosys, was once to build new bathrooms at 15 faculties within the Eastern Cape. SkX’s file discovered that bathrooms have been constructed at simplest seven Limpopo faculties and simplest 4 Eastern Cape faculties, and that the workmanship and fabrics used have been of deficient high quality.
Two different firms, T2 Tech and SRSQS, gained virtually R10-million to habits high quality assurance on behalf of the NLC. This brings the entire expenditure at the challenge to just about R30-million. SkX’s amount surveyor stated the challenge must have price about R9-milllion, no longer R20-million, and that the costs charged by way of T2 Tech and SRSQS have been “overly inflated”.
During website online visits each in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, SkX discovered discrepancies between development stories submitted to the NLC and the truth at the flooring. Where new sanitation amenities were built, they have been of inconsistent high quality. Some faculties recognized as wanting sanitary amenities have been discovered to have already got them.
The scope of the Eastern Cape challenge was once lowered from the development of 15 new bathrooms to the development of 4 new bathrooms and the renovation of 16 blocks of bathrooms. This deviation was once by no means asked or licensed by way of the Department of Education, SkX discovered.
SkX additionally visited a number of Eastern Cape faculties that already had bathrooms and located that the universities were approached by way of an organization referred to as East London Sanitation, who stated they have been recommended to habits repairs services and products on their EnviroLoo sanitation amenities. The faculties have been informed to pay 50% of the provider charges.
Upon additional investigation, SkX discovered that East London Sanitation had an settlement with Lesley Ramulifho, on behalf of Dinosys, to give you the services and products. Half of the price can be paid by way of the universities and the remaining by way of Dinosys. East London Sanitation invoiced Dinosys for the costs, however was once by no means paid. The faculties SkX visited have been ignorant of the hyperlink between East London Sanitation and the NLC challenge.
According to the file, the financial institution statements for Zibsifusion confirmed that R2-million was once paid to Ramulifho and that R110,000 was once despatched to Rebotile Malomane. Malomane is former NLC Commissioner Phillemon Letwaba’s 2nd spouse and is the mummy of 3 of his youngsters. Her corporate gained thousands and thousands in Lottery cash.
SkX discovered a number of irregularities within the grant utility processes of Zibsifusion and Dinosys. Marubini Ramatsekisa, a possibility supervisor at NLC on the time, was once discovered by way of SkX to have driven thru paperwork with wrong data, to have overlooked to hold out due diligence, and to have compiled some paperwork himself that have been stated to had been compiled by way of different officers within the NLC.
Ramatsekisa later become Head of Risk, one of the crucial essential and senior roles on the NLC. He was once suspended previous this 12 months.
SkX discovered that the proposal for the challenge, requesting R10-million for each and every province, contained no price breakdown. In some cases, bills have been processed with out supporting paperwork having been supplied, the file says.
No proof was once supplied of any standards used to make a choice Zibsifusion and Dinosys. Several paperwork within the utility procedure are doubtlessly fraudulent, the file says.
The file additionally mentions that Dinosys recognized “Mr T Monare” because the consultant for the Eastern Cape Education Department. Monare does paintings for the dept, in step with spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima, as a director in one of the most infrastructure sections. But when SkX attempted to name Monare at the cell phone quantity provided, the decision was once responded by way of Ofentse Modibane, a challenge supervisor for Zibsifusion and Dinosys.
Progress stories submitted by way of SRSQS and T2 Tech have been deceptive, SkX discovered. In one case, footage purportedly appearing development at a number of websites have been in reality of the similar construction on the identical faculty.
SRSQS didn’t perform any geotechnical services and products and simplest performed a geotechnical desktop find out about. This was once “improper as they were appointed to provide geotechnical services on behalf of the NLC” the file discovered. There have been additionally adjustments within the scope of the challenge within the Eastern Cape however there was once no proof that the Eastern Cape Department of Education had asked or licensed the adjustments.
SRSQS submitted invoices to the NLC for high quality assurance for the development of amenities at 20 public faculties. They have been paid the entire quantity, regardless of simplest 4 faculties having gained sanitation amenities.
- that each one different “pro-active” grant funded tasks be probed. “Pro-active” investment, the place the NLC may establish tasks thought to be worthy of investment, was once used to defraud the NLC of thousands and thousands. The new board positioned a moratorium on pro-active grant investment this 12 months;
- that disciplinary fees be instituted towards Ramatsekisa for misrepresentation and filing untruthful data;
- that Letwaba must face disciplinary fees for dereliction of accountability;
- that budget must be recovered from SRSQS, T2 Tech, Dinosys and Zibsifusion;
- and that felony fees must be laid towards Lesley Ramulifho, Zibsifusion and Dinosys.