July 13, 2024

ELECTIONS2024: IEC Commissioner Nomsa Masuku Arrested For Fraud

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FILE PHOTO: Dr Nomsa Masuku and Ms Janet Love during the Launch of the Electoral Commission National Results Operation Centre at Gallagher Convention Centre on May 22, 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The National ROC will serve as the primary management hub for electoral operations, and will further serve as a central hub for political parties, independent candidates, the government, observers, business leaders the media to access real-time elections results. PICTURE: Lubabalo Lesolle/Gallo Images

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JOHANNESBURG: Dr Masuku was entrusted with managing the Corporate Social Investment Programme at Standard Bank.

Electoral Commission of South Africa commissioner Dr Nomsa Masuku has been charged with fraud amounting to R1.2 million, allegedly perpetrated while she headed Standard Bank’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Programme.

Dr Masuku, 62, appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sitting in Palm Ridge after the Hawks arrested her on Friday morning.

It is alleged that while Dr Masuku headed the bank’s Adopt A School Trust, established to hand out bursaries to deserving students and schools participating in the Adopt A School programme, she dished out scholarships to friends and family members.

Hawks spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale explained that the ex-employee was the Head of the CSI Programme for the “Adopt A School Trust”, established to provide scholarships, bursaries and awards of study, researching or teaching to learners from schools adopted by Standard Bank’s “Adopt a School” programme for those individuals who qualify and meet the selection criteria to further their studies at any recognised institutions higher learning.

“Through an intensive probe, the Hawks investigators established that the incumbent flouted the processes of the trust by awarding scholarships to friends and family members through manipulation of documents and without the approval of the Committee, with some of the monies deposited directly into her personal bank account to the tune of R1.2 million,” Mogale said.

Dr Masuku’s arrest comes at the time where the institution she’s part of has been accused of election fraud by former President Jacob Zuma’s party, uMkhonto WeSizwe (MK). According to Mr Zuma, the IEC and the Constitutional Court have ignored evidence provided to support the party’s claims of last month’s elections being rigged.

Addressing the media in Sandton, Johannesburg, Mr Zuma said, through a statement read by the party spokesperson, Mr Nhlamulo Ndhlela, that they will be going back to the Electoral Court to challenge the validity of the election results. The MK party accused the ConCourt of relying on technicalities.

“We presented concrete evidence to the IEC, showing widespread irregularities in the voting process and the voting system, it has all fallen on deaf ears. We’ve also tried all peaceful means to address our grievances, but all in vain.

“We’ve even approached the highest court in the land, but it rejected our pleas without even giving us a hearing, and they’re relying on technicalities while the democracy itself is being destroyed.”

The MK Party also indicated that it had evidence of more than 9 million votes unaccounted for in the declaration of the election results.

This resulted to South Africans to took on social media reacting with suspicion after the commission updated its dashboard with added regional votes, resulting in the ANC moving from 6 million votes to 12 million votes and other parties’ votes being adjusted without any explanation.

However, it turned out to be the inclusion of the third regional ballot after the IEC regional and national numbers.

In a statement issued on Monday night following confusion and a public outcry, the IEC said this adjustment was to reflect the total number of votes from the two National Assembly ballots and final seat allocation.

Mogale said Dr Masuku had been granted bail of R20 000 and that the case was postponed to 4 September. 

Meanwhile, the MK Party has turned to the Electoral Court seeking an order to declare the results invalid due to purported irregularities.

The party believes the 2024 General Elections were not free and fair, and the results are therefore invalid. It also wants an order from the court directing the president to call for new elections to be held.

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