Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has assured the North West community of Bapo Ba Mogale that final reports on the disappearance of its communal fund (over R600 million) will be made known by the end of the year.

Madonsela related this to the embittered community on Saturday while delivering a preliminary investigation report on the matter. The endearing advocate, however, promised members of the community that she would release an exit report by October 14 and then the final report in December.

An investigation into the community’s missing fund was launched four years ago. In 2012, Bapo community approached Madonsela to probe allegations of systematic looting of its collective resources.

She was also requested to investigate missing funds held in its “D-account”. This unique account held royalties paid by mining companies to communities on whose ancestral land miners work.

Lastly, the community asked Madonsela to dig deep and determine if mining company Lonmin and other mining companies paid royalties due to it. Not long after, the Public Protector moved into action.

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