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# Four arrested after KZN college defrauded of R30 million
# Trump says he will ban video app Tik-Tok
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# The Hawks say four people, including an attorney and a chief financial officer, have been arrested for allegedly defrauding a KwaZulu-Natal college of around R30 million.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said the chief financial officer allegedly approached Coastal KZN TVET College with an investment proposal.
Mhlongo said during the period November 2018 and October 2019, the Chief Financial Officer allegedly made misrepresentations to the college with regards to a lucrative investment opportunity for the institution.
The CFO allegedly colluded with an attorney to create an investment proposal purporting to have come from a bank and as a result, the college invested R30 million into a bank account similar to that of the college.
However, Coastal KZN later discovered no investment was made on its behalf and reported the matter to the police.
Mhlongo said the Hawks were consulted to investigate, culminating in the arrest of the suspects.
# The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomed the call by the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, calling on all provincial Health MECs to publish the list of all companies that have been awarded personal protective equipment (PPE) tenders related to COVID-19 in their provinces.
This comes after it was revealed that 2 billion rands PPE contracts in Gauteng have allegedly been awarded to companies, which are politically connected.
The party’s Siviwe Gwarube, says the party trusts that this will not remain a mere call but that all MECs will immediately act to publish these details without any further delay.
# The leader of the United Democratic Movement, Bantu Holomisa says it is up to the voters to end corruption in South Africa by voting out the ruling African National Congress.
Holomisa was commenting on the allegations of looting of funds that are meant to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
He says the law enforcement agencies meant to fight corruption are ineffective because many of the officials at these agencies were deployed by the ruling party.
# After American authorities raised concerns that the fast-growing social media app TikTok could be a tool for Chinese intelligence, President Donald Trump on Friday said he will bar the service.
As US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks voiced fears of the video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.
Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban.
He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order.
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