Denel admits bursary given to former NW premier's son was illegal

Denel admits bursary given to former NW premier's son was illegal

- Denel has come clean on the bursary given to a former NW Premier’s son, saying it was illegal

- Talib Sadik admitted to the Public Enterprises Committee that selection processes were not following in awarding Mahumapelo the bursary

- Former Denel chief executive Zwelakhe Ntshepe had previously denied allegations surrounding the ex-premier’s son.

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Denel, state-owned aerospace and military technology conglomerate, has come clean about the bursary it gave to the son of a former North West Premier.

Earlier in 2018, it had been revealed that Denel had given Oarabile Mahumapelo, son of Supra Mahumapelo, an R1 million bursary to attend flight school.

Speaking to the Public Enterprises Committee, Denel had confirmed that the bursary had been illegally awarded to Mahumapelo and had revealed that it has cancelled the bursary.

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Talib Sadik, a board member at Denel, had said that they will be reserving its right to recoup the funds given in the bursary.

"The bursaries were not advertised as required by the policy nor was it approved by the bursary committee of Denel and as a result of that we’ve terminated the bursary policy." Sadik said.

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Zwelakhe Ntshepe had previously denied allegations that the bursary had been awarded without following selection processes, however, the former chief executive has since resigned.

Denel has referred the matter to the Hawks for further investigation.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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