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JUSTICE PS GIVEN 48-HOUR ULTIMATUM

By Mbono Mdluli | 2019-05-16

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has given the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs and the Central Transport Administration (CTA) an ultimatum to recover a government car which was allocated to former Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) boss Advocate Thanda Mngwengwe.

The car in question is a Mercedes Benz ML valued at E1.2 million which had been allocated to him during his time as the ACC boss.

Mngwengwe is said to have taken the vehicle with him yet it is believed to be belonging to government.

The order was issued by PAC Chairperson Phila Buthelezi yesterday in the House of Assembly during the PAC session with the office of the prime minister.

During this session, the PAC had also summoned the justice ministry and the CTA to give clarity on the status of the vehicle.

However, none of the ministries wanted to claim knowledge of the whereabouts of the car and no one wanted to state how Mngwengwe took the car.

As a result, Buthelezi told Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Principal Secretary Lorraine Hlophe and CTA General Transport Manager (GTM) Makhosonkhe Khumalo to make sure they fetched the car wherever Mngwengwe took it.

Buthelezi said the three should start fetching the car from today because on Monday next week, they wanted to inspect it in Parliament premises.

He acknowledged the fact that the car could have lost its value while still with Mngwengwe because they did not know what he was doing with it, but there was need for it to be brought back.

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