Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ministers lured to exotic holiday destinations, restaurants to be bribed

A plot to ransack an ill-fated special fund was reportedly concocted at an exclusive Sandton hotel in Johannesburg. During a weekend jaunt, four role players discussed how they could use their respective offices and statutory powers to weave together and execute an elaborate fraudulent scheme to trick millions of pula out of the fund – which they actually ended up doing.

While they spoke only anecdotally in the just-ended session of parliament, Minister of Trade and Industry, Mmusi Kgafela, and Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile, revealed other useful details about how similar fraud is perpetrated by important decision-makers within the government systems. Such revelations came to the fore as the two legislators debated an issue relating to Bolux, a majority foreign-owned milling company that does business from Ramotswa Station. In terms of the law, only 100 percent citizen-owned companies can operate bakeries but of late, Bolux has been operating a bakery and doing what seems to be roaring bread trade.

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