Minister won't comment on Mvula Trust saga

Minister Richard Baloyi has refused to answer questions regarding Mvula Trust.

Minister Richard Baloyi has refused to answer questions regarding Mvula Trust.

JOHANNESBURG - Co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi on Friday said he had no reason to interfere with work being done by the Mvula Trust, despite a police investigation into a R30 million tender his department awarded to the organisation.

The department is also yet to respond to a Corruption Watch report which showed that a large portion of the tender went to a company owned by an Mvula trustee.

In February, a joint investigation by Eyewitness News and the Daily Maverick lifted the lid on the tender, which was designed to channel hundreds of millions of rands from government via Mvula and its partners, to community-based workers.

When Eyewitness News asked Baloyi whether he was happy with the work being done by Mvula Trust, the minister cut the interview short and walked off.

"Can we close the interview? It's not helpful."

Moments earlier, Baloyi had maintained he was not responsible for running the trust.

"I'm not a minister of Mvula Trust. I'm a minister of the portfolio of co-operative governance and traditional affairs."

On Thursday, dozens of workers who say they have not been paid by Mvula for months arrived at its offices to demand answers.

They said they could not afford to buy food or pay rent.

Baloyi said they can approach the department for help.