An ex-partner of UCT academic and researcher, Michelle Skelton, was embroiled in one of the worst pension fund scandals in South African history.
Erwin Da Gama,a former romantic partner of Dr Michelle Skelton , or more specifically his company was a conduit for some of the more than R100 millon that was embezzled from the SACTWU Provident Fund.
Richard Kawie,and Sam Buthelezi have been criminally charged in this matter and the matter is currently before the Bellville Magistrate’s Court.
Deputy Economic Development Minister Enoch Godongwana resigned his ministry post as his company,Canyon Springs,was involved.
Da Gama,who has a minor child with Dr Michelle Skelton has been barred from practising as an attorney in South Africa in an unrelated previous matter.
Dr Michelle Skelton is currently the project manager for the H3 Africa Project at UCT.
The misappropriation of funds from the SACTWU provident affected the pension and retirement savings of thousands of lowly paid textile workers.
The debacle was widely covered by the South African press and media: