NPA yet to decide on criminal charges against Mbalula

The Public Protector released her report into the 2016 family holiday, confirming Fikile Mbalula accepted R300,000 from Sedgars to fund half of the R680,000 trip.

FILE: Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Public Protector wants the origin of Fikila Mbalula’s R300,000 cash contributions towards his Dubai holiday investigated.

Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane found that R150,000 was delivered in cash to the travel agent and a further R150,000 paid in cash into the agent’s bank account.

Mkhwebane referred the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority, which says it will study the report.

The NPA’s Luvuyo Mfaku says: “We’ll establish whether it warrants a criminal investigation. If it warrants a criminal investigation, we’ll refer it to the Hawks to open a criminal docket and investigate it.”

The Public Protector released her report into the 2016 family holiday which confirmed Mbalula accepted R300,000 from Sascoc supplier Sedgars to fund half of the R680,000 trip.

The African National Congress says it will study the report before deciding what action to take against the former sports minister.

While the Public Protector confirmed that Mbalula accepted R300,000 from Sedgars Sports’ Yusuf Dockrat, the source of another R300,000 cash is unknown.

The investigation reveals that on 3 February 2017, Mbalula had R150,000 in cash delivered to the travel agency to pay his debt.

Then 6 February, two cash deposits of R75,000 each were made at two separate bank branches, one in Hatfield and the other in Brooklyn, which are just a few kilometres from each other.

Mbalula has not responded to a request for comment, nor did he explain to the Public Protector how he came about having bags of cash to pay off debts.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)