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Dept will not be drawn on provisional withdrawal of charges against events company

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The department paid R1 million to the company to organise the Umsobomvu Tourism and Cultural festival in 2016, that never took place.

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has indicated that it has not been informed formally about the provisional withdrawal of charges of fraud and money laundering against Traffic and Events Management Company (Traffic Events).

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has indicated that it has not been informed formally about the provisional withdrawal of charges of fraud and money laundering against Traffic and Events Management Company (Traffic Events).

According to a Public Protectors report released last year the HOD for the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture Ruth Palm allegedly requested the Northern Cape Arts and Culture Council to make a direct payment of R1.6 million to Traffic Events to organise the Umsobomvu Tourism and Cultural festival, altough it never took place.

Spokesperson for the department Morapedi Sekhoane on Friday stated that no departmental official has been implicated as an accused or standing trial in this criminal case thus far.

“The department will only be able to comment on this matter once the necessary and responsible state agency concludes the matter and the department is informed of the outcome.

“The matter is outside of the scope of the department as it is currently dealt with in a court of law.”

He added that the matter regarding the suspended head of department, Ruth Palm was “sub- judice”.

“As such the department cannot comment further. The matter is being attended to and the outcome of the process will be communicated as soon as the matter has been concluded.”

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