Thousands of Hartswater residents will go hungry after money allocated for Covid-19 relief was diverted to a non-profit organisation in Rustenburg.
THOUSANDS of vulnerable households in Hartswater will go hungry after R4 million that was allocated for Covid-19 relief was allegedly diverted to a non-profit organisation in Rustenburg.
Charges were laid against a director of the Thabang non-profit association (NPO) and a ward councillor in Hartswater.
An application was made by Thabang NPO to the Solidarity Fund to provide 5 500 food parcels to community members during the national lockdown.
It is alleged that the documents and applications of Thabang NPO were fraudulently used to obtain the funds that were instead used to purchase food parcels for the Rustenburg NPO in the North West.
Hawks Northern Cape spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi confirmed on Friday that they were investigating possible charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.
“The case is still at a preliminary stage. No arrests have been made as yet,” said Mnisi.