- North West's Department of Finance officials are under investigation after official documents were leaked
- The documents contain information related to controversial payments to Gupta-linked Mediosa and an IT company
- The 8 officials were subjected to lie detector tests, and allegedly intimidated by people acting on instructions from Premier Mahumapelo
Eight officials in the North West provincial Department of Finance were allegedly subjected to lie-detector tests on Monday after they were accused of unlawfully releasing payment information.
The leaked documents detail controversial payments to various companies, including Gupta-linked Mediosa and an IT company.
Briefly.co.za learned a North West group calling itself the “revolutionary council” has called on the public to speak out against Premier Supra Mahumapelo after officials were allegedly harassed and intimidated by members who claimed to be acting on behalf of the premier.
“No explanation was given except to say in that office there’s only eight of them who handled this so-called sensitive information and one of them is behind the leak. It can’t be correct that in this day of democracy employees are harassed on basis of information circulating on social media,” the revolutionary council’s Lucky Kgabi said.
The office of the premier, who has been implicated in the scandal, denies claims of intimidation.
It added that it was an unlawful distribution of the documents, and the officials consented to polygraph tests as part of the internal investigation into the issue.
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