Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will be holding public hearings into alleged improprieties related to the corporatisation of the horseracing industry in Gauteng. The hearings will start on September 4 at Mkhwebane’s offices in Pretoria. They will form part of her investigation into alleged maladministration and improper conduct relating to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Gauteng horseracing industry‚ concluded 21 years ago. It led to the transfer of certain racecourses to Phumelela Gaming and Leisure. "The MoU sought to re-organise and restructure the industry into a single corporate structure‚ reduce the involvement of the [provincial government] in the sport and make the sport economically viable‚" said public protector spokesperson Oupa Segalwe on Wednesday. "Following the conclusion of the MoU and the dissolution of the Horseracing Development Fund‚ Phumelela was formed and listed on the JSE." Parliament’s labour portfoli...

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