popcruCity Press reports that financial misappropriation and other allegations emerged in the run-up to last week’s national elective congress of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru).  

On the eve of the gathering, in which the union’s 30th anniversary was celebrated, Reuben Mdletshe, CEO of Popcru’s investment arm, the Popcru Group of Companies (PGC), was suspended.  However, Mdletshe hit back, claiming he was made a scapegoat over a raft of questionable transactions which benefited the union’s president, Zizamele Makhaza Cebekhulu.  At the heart of Mdletshe’s grievance is a R170 million interest-free loan received from Popcru members’ funds in 2016 and invested in petroleum wholesaler Royale Energy, of which Cebekhulu is a nonexecutive director and the chairperson.  Mdletshe was suspended on 24 October over allegations of financial irregularities involving loans, unauthorised payments and using the company’s credit card to buy flight tickets for his family.  Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo said the suspension had “nothing to do with our union and the leadership of our union does not take any decisions on behalf of the PGC board.”  But, he added that they were aware of a criminal case against Mdletshe and that “the Hawks are in pursuit of him – they even came to the venue where the congress was held in search of him.”  In response, Mdletshe said he was unaware of the Hawks’ case against him and of their search for him during Popcru’s congress.  However, he said he had been informed that four members of the Hawks had asked about his whereabouts last week.

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