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DenelNews24 reports that trade union Solidarity has warned that it would not hesitate to take action against any state owned enterprise that continued to squander tax-payers money.  

This followed revelations that defence company Denel had paid a bursary of more than R1m to the son of North West premier Supra Mahumapelo.  Rapport reported on Sunday it had seen the bursary contract between Denel and Mahumapelo's twenty-year-old son for him to study to become a pilot.  Denel undertook to pay for his flight classes, accommodation, meals and even his laundry.  Denel released and then retracted a statement describing the bursary as ordinary, and saying that it was designed to contribute to the transformation of the aviation industry.  Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has ordered the newly appointed Denel board to begin an investigation into the matter.  Solidarity said on Sunday that the company’s bursaries usually applied to programmes in IT, engineering, finances, and business management.  Solidarity’s Deon Reyneke said they had sent a letter to the newly appointed chairperson of the Denel board, Monhla Hlahla, which called for an in-depth probe into the granting of the bursary.  "Solidarity will not hesitate to take action against state-owned enterprises that squander South African citizens’ tax money," he stated.

  • Read this report by Jan Bornman in full at News24
  • See too, Denel ‘bends rules’ to give Mahumapelo’s son a R1.1m bursary, at The Citizen
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity News

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