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Investigation into NEF underway

The National Empowerment Fund granted business woman Khanyi Dhlomo R34 million.

Ndalo Media CEO Khanyi Dhlomo. Picture: Destiny Magazine

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Trade and Industry says an investigation is underway into allegations of fraud and corruption against National Empowerment Fund head Philisiwe Mthethwa.

The Sunday Times is reporting the department received an anonymous tip-off from a whistleblower.

The fund came under scrutiny when it emerged that Mthethwa had granted business woman Khanyi Dhlomo a R34 million loan to open a luxury boutique.

The department's Sidwell Medupe said the first phase of this investigation must establish whether anyone has a case to answer.

"In the interest and fairness of the investigation we will commence with this phase first."