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IEC Commissioner Masuku Arrested for Corruption



Dr. Nomsa Masuku, a commissioner of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), has been arrested by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, for alleged corruption involving R1.2 million. This incident dates back to her tenure at Standard Bank, where she managed the corporate social investment programme called “Adopt a School Trust.”

Details of the Allegations

The allegations against Dr. Masuku involve misuse of her position in the “Adopt a School Trust” programme. The programme was designed to provide bursaries to deserving students in higher education institutions. Hawks spokesperson Katlego Mogale detailed the accusations, stating that Masuku:

  • Manipulated the Trust’s Processes: She allegedly awarded scholarships to friends and family members by manipulating documents.
  • Unauthorized Allocations: These allocations were made without the approval of the Trust’s Committee.
  • Personal Gain: Some of the funds were reportedly deposited directly into her personal bank account, amounting to R1.2 million.

Legal Proceedings

Dr. Masuku made her first court appearance at the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. She was granted bail of R20,000. The case has been postponed to September 4 for further investigations.


Before her arrest, Dr. Masuku was involved in overseeing the results of the 2024 elections at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg. Her arrest comes at a crucial time for the IEC, raising concerns about the integrity of officials within the commission.


This arrest highlights ongoing issues of corruption within significant institutions in South Africa. It raises questions about the processes and checks in place within corporate social investment programmes and the integrity of individuals holding high office.

Next Steps

The postponed court date will provide more insights as the investigation unfolds. It remains to be seen how this case will affect the IEC and its operations, as well as the trust in corporate social investment initiatives.



The arrest of Dr. Nomsa Masuku underscores the critical need for transparency and accountability in both public and private sectors. As the investigation continues, further details are expected to emerge, which will clarify the extent of the alleged corruption and its implications for the involved parties.

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