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Wednesday, 14 February 2024 16:33

Actress Terry Pheto, designer Thula Sindi implicated in latest SIU report.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Actress Moitheri "Terry" Phetto, her sister Dimakatso and her fashion designer friend Thula Sindi are entangled in a controversy involving the misappropriation of a R5m grant intended for a poultry farm from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

In the new revelations by the SIU, Pheto was found to be the one who benefited the most and being in cahoots with her sister.

This was revealed by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) when it briefed the Portfolio Committee on Trade, Industry and Competition in Parliament on Wednesday, 14 February, on the allegations of mismanagement and corruption at the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

The NLC approved grant funding of R5 million to Zibisibix Non-Profit Company for a chicken farm in December 2018. After receiving the R5 million, money moved from the account and the following payments were made:

• Black Planet Trading (Director: Thula Sindi) of an amount of R140 000.00

• Tsoseletso (Director: Moitheri Pheto) - R253 000.00

• Pheto Safe and Cleaning (Director: Dimakatso Pheto) - R124 000.00

• Sunguti projects (Director: Moitheri Pheto) - R2 800 000.00

• Moitheri Pheto's personal bank account - R182 000.00

• Dimakatso Pheto (Moitheri's sister) - R315 500.00

• Vehicle dealership- R252 400

• Agricultural Supplies- R209 500

Sindi received R140 000 as the director of Black Planet Trading, Pheto received R253 000, as the director of Tsoseletso she also received a payment of R124 000 for her other company Pheto Safe and Cleaning, R2.8 million was also paid to her as the director of Sunguti Projects.

The investigation further revealed that Pheto received a payment of R182 000 into her personal bank account, while her sister, Dimakatso Pheto, received R315 500.

In March last year, Moitheri's three-storey, three-bedroom house, built with funds siphoned from the NLC, was auctioned.

The SIU also presented to Parliament how the South African Youth Movement (SAYM) applied for grant funding on behalf of the Presley Chweneyagae Foundation, which belong to award winning actor, Presley Chweneyagae.

The case has been referred to the civil litigation unit for recovery and criminal referrals are being prepared for the National Prosecuting Authority.