South African NLC Chief resigns amid embezzlement allegations

South African NLC Chief resigns amid embezzlement allegations
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Thabang Charlotte Mampane, Commissioner of the South African National Lotteries Commission (NLC), has resigned from her post with immediate effect, according to GroundUp.

The South African news outlet claims the information has arrived from ‘several’ sources and comes just weeks before Mampane’s official term was supposed to expire at the end of September.

Mampane served ten years as Commissioner of the South African NLC, effectively operating as CEO, and her first five-year contract was extended in September 2017.

However, Mampane and the organisation have been mired in controversy over the last few years following numerous accusations of corruption.

GroundUp previously reported that former NLC Chair Alfred Nevahutanda was the beneficiary of a cash injection from contractor Neo Solutions, who the NLC had paid over R-26m (£1.28m), bringing into picture a potential conflict of interest.

Mampane has also been responsible for hundreds of millions of misspent lottery funding, GroundUp alleged in its reporting.

Only last month, it was revealed that lottery funding set aside to build a school affected by a fire, had actually been used to pay for her luxury home in a golf estate.

Mampane, who last year earned R-4.5m ($272,021), went on leave on the same day that the story was published, and was due to face disciplinary action for the misspent lottery funding.

NLC spokesperson Ndivhuho Mafela said he was not aware of Mampane’s resignation and was trying to verify it.

Mampane, meanwhile, did not respond to a GroundUp request for comment regarding her alleged resignation.