The National Empowerment Fund stands by its decision to decline the funding application by Ms Naomi Ngwenya
Following a series of media reports, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has learnt with shock and concern that the Public Protector (PP) called a media briefing on 30 September 2014 where she tabled a report in respect of the complaint by Ms Naomi Ngwenya on behalf of Best Care Medical Supplies. The PP issued the report without the courtesy of submitting it to the NEF as an interested party.
Having noted the PP’s media factsheet on the matter, we regret that the reported findings are inconsistent with the facts as they are known and recorded by the NEF. The NEF cooperated fully and without reservation throughout the process of the PP’s investigation of the matter, and availed a body of information and facts, some of which regrettably did not make it into or was misrepresented in the media factsheet. The NEF respectfully believes that had the PP considered this information impartially, a fairer and materially different outcome may have resulted.