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Mvula chair breaks her silence

Mvula Trust chair Rejoice Mabudafhasi says its finances have been audited.

JOHANNESBURG - The chairperson of the Mvula Trust Rejoice Mabudafhasi on Wednesday described allegations of irregularities in a R30 million tender her organisation landed as 'misinformation' and 'propaganda'.

This week, a joint Eyewitness New s and Daily Maverick investigation revealed a large portion of the project went to a company owned by an Mvula trustee, Gabsie Mathenjwa.

Mathenjwa owns Ubuntu Sima.

Corruption Watch spent four months studying the tender and submitted its report to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. A police investigation is also underway.

Mabudafhasi broke her silence, saying on her watch Mvula Trust's financial and corporate governance systems have been audited and received a clean bill of health.

She said this included the period during which the tender was awarded.

The Deputy Minister of Water Affairs said Mathenjwa declared a conflict of interest, as did three other trustees.

She said those who left the trust are bitter following racial tensions.

But Corruption Watch's investigation showed evidence that as a non-government organisation (NGO) the trust fronted for Mathenjwa's company in order to secure the business.

The department has not yet commented.

Understanding The Mvula Trust Saga