- Ranjeni Munusamy's column has been pulled from The Sunday Times over allegations over a secret state slush fund payment
- The Tiso Blackstar associate editor's article was pulled from last week's edition of the paper
- This comes as Munusamy was placed on special leave while internal investigations probed the incident
Ranjeni Munusamy's contribution to The Sunday Times was stripped of its usual spot as the journalist faced a payment debacle.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the Tiso Blackstar journalist had been implicated at the Zondo Commission by Colonel Kobus Roelofse, a senior Hawks investigator who had claimed Munusamy's car had been paid off by a covert slush fund.
News24 reports that Roelofse had testified how he had contacted Munusamy numerous times over the allegations back in 2014.
Munusamy had reportedly shunned the opportunity to give her version of events to the Hawks investigator, promising to speak to her 'legal representative' but apparently never following through.
The Citizen reports that Munusamy's loan for her vehicle was settled to the tune of over R140 000 according to Roelofse:
"We were able to uncover an amount of R143 621.78. It was paid from the Atlantis Motors business account to Wesbank vehicle finance account in the settlement agreement of the vehicle in the name of Ms Ranjeni Munusamy. As far as I know, she is a journalist."
Munusamy has since denied the allegations as 'baseless', indicating that a response will be sent to the inquiry, which the journalist says she is co-operating 'fully' with.
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