Khulekani Magubane and Setumo Stone
FORMER National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) head Andile Lungisa has been arrested for fraud and money laundering‚ the Hawks said on Friday (04/10/2013).
Mr Lungisa and three others walked into the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes court on Friday with their feet shackled.
Two of Mr Lungisa’s co-accused covered their faces with copies of Daily Sun newspaper to block television cameras.
Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko told Business Day that Mr Lungisa turned himself in along with three others. They were expected to be charged with corruption and money laundering amounting to R2‚5m.
"He handed himself over to the Gauteng Hawks. It is in connection with the Nelson Mandela Sports Day concert which was held earlier this year‚” Mr Ramaloko said.
The Hawks said Lungisa was arrested for fraud and money laundering relating to R2‚5m paid by the Arts and Culture department. The concert was held on August 17 and included local and international performers.
Their arrest relates to American R&B singer R Kelly’s no-show at a music concert the Department of Arts and Culture had organised in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday in July.
The department had allegedly paid the money for Mr Kelly’s booking to a company linked to the accused. However‚ Mr Kelly’s agent had reportedly disputed that his client was contracted.
The accused are expected to brief the media after their court appearance.
The NYDA has been plagued with problems in recent years. The Democratic Alliance has often slammed the NYDA over salaries earned by its board members. Last month it emerged that NYDA board members and employees received R7.58m in bonuses.
In 2011 details of a R106m youth festival organised by the agency prompted opposition parties to call for the NYDA’s disbandment. © BDlive 2013