Cash strapped state-owned defence company, Denel who recently made headlines for having to borrow money to pay salaries, gave a R1.1m bursary to the son of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, so he can become a pilot.
According to the City Press who has had a look at the bursary contract between Supra Oarabile Mahumapelo (20) and Denel, in which Denel undertakes to pay for his flight classes, accommodation, meals and even his laundry.
When contacted for comment, Denel described the bursary as ordinary and supposed to contribute to the transformation of the aviation industry.
However, just hours later, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan ordered them to retract their initial statement.
Gordhan told Rapport that the allegations were so serious and Denel’s conduct so questionable that he had immediately ordered the newly appointed board to begin an investigation.
Zwelakhe Ntshepe, Denel’s CEO, personally signed the contract.
Mahumapelo junior applied for his bursary only after the final deadline of October 2016, but his application was approved nevertheless.
It was signed on January 31 2017.