Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto

Presley chweneyagae is now also implicated in the NLC fraud scandal a month after his ‘Tsotsi’ co-star Terry Pheto’s name made the SIU list. Images via Twitter @philmphela, @isephara

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‘Two actors from Tsotsi movie are real life thieves… talking about taking work to home’: Presley Chweneyagae is also implicated.

Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto

Presley chweneyagae is now also implicated in the NLC fraud scandal a month after his ‘Tsotsi’ co-star Terry Pheto’s name made the SIU list. Images via Twitter @philmphela, @isephara

Mzansi Twitter users are in disbelief following reports that Tsotsi star Presley Chweneyagae is also implicated in the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) fraud scandal.

On Tuesday 13 December GroundUp investigative journalist Raymond Joseph revealed to Bongani Bingwa on 702 that he has been investigating the Southern African Youth Movement (SAYM) — which the actor was reportedly an embassador of — for misappropriation of over R67.5 million.

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PRESLEY CHWENEYAGAE EMBROILED IN THE NLC FRAUD SCANDAL

Chweneyagae — who played the role of Tsotsi in the award-winning film of the same name — is also well-known for his role as Cobra in The River.

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Joseph reported that the actor was also the co-writer and co-director of a youth musical called Taking Back the Future by SAYM which was billed to show in three provinces in 2017.

The NLC had paid a sum of R15 million for the show, but there is only evidence of the opening night as the rest of the shows allegedly did not happen.

In addition, Chweneyagae’s organisation — called the Presley Chweneyagae Foundation— was included in all branding on all content related to the project and show including a vehicle funded by the NLC.

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According to News24, the musical is one of three projects. The other two are a drug rehabilitation centre in Nelspruit, Mpumalang, as well as an old age home in Botshabelo in the Free State.

NLC annual reports reveal that SAYM received funding of over R67.5-million from the Lottery.

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SAYM SAYS CHWENEYAGAE WAS NOT PAID IN HIS PERSONAL CAPACITY

Chweneyagae had not responded to questions from The South African website when this article was published. Meanwhile, SAYM board chairperson Dr Lekgotla Mafisa denied that the Chweneyagae Foundation is associated with the project.

“We hope that you are not going to use Mr Chweneyagae maliciously to sensationalise his participation in the project, of which he is not a beneficiary. The SAYM is a beneficiary and not the Chweneyagae Foundation. Mr Presley Chweneyagae was not paid in his personal capacity,” Mafisa told Joseph.

‘FIRST TERRY, NOW PRESLEY’: TWEEPS REACT

With Chweneyagae not being the first Tsotsi star implicated in the NLC fraud scandal, fans feel the whole film cast should be investigated.

Last month, another Tsotsi actor Terry Pheto was listed as one of the people accused of being beneficiaries property fraud in relation to the NLC.

Some of the assets seized include nine luxurious residential estates in Pretoria, Centurion, and Hartbeespoort valued at over R22 million.

Among them is Terry Pheto’s three-storey home which was reportedly built using R3-million of lottery grant money meant for an “initiation programme”.

In addition to these assets is one BMW 420i convertible and two Ocean Basket franchises worth over R25 million.

Terry Pheto denied the allegations in a statement and according to Zimoja, she might turn state witness.