Journalist Ranjeni Munusamy has taken special leave after being implicated at the state capture commission of inquiry.
Tiso Black Star, Munusamy’s employer, granted her leave by mutual consent to allow her to deal with the matter, SowetanLIVE reports.
Car ‘paid off’ by State Security
On Wednesday, the inquiry heard that Munusamy’s car was allegedly paid off by the Crime Intelligence’s slush fund in 2008.
Crime Intelligence is a unit within the South African Police Service (SAPS).
A Hawks official, Col Kobus Roelofse, testified that R143,621.78 was allegedly paid to Wesbank Vehicle Finance to settle a car in Munusamy’s name.
She was reportedly self-employed at the time.
Roelofse said he became aware of the alleged payment while investigating corruption claims against Crime Intelligence officials.
Munusamy has denied the allegations, adding that she intends to defend herself against them.
Tiso Black Star has said it is launching its own internal investigations into the matter.
The company will make a final decision on this matter following the conclusion of its own internal investigations, taking into consideration the company’s interests, its policies and Munusamy’s rights.Tiso Black Star
The company said Munusamy only joined it in 2017 and that she was not contracted to in 2008.