Mamphela Ramphele has been mentioned a fraud scandal involving the alleged disappearance of almost R13 million from AgangSA coffers.
Police yesterday confirmed that a fraud case was being investigated.
The investigation was launched after a mystery bank account was discovered by a party official.
Police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said a party member discovered the “irregularity” after trying to open an account at the Nedbank branch in Centurion, near Pretoria, on Friday.
“The official discovered an account had already been opened in his name and that of Dr Ramphele,” said Malila.
Neither Ramphele nor AgangSA spokesman responded to repeated calls or messages.
AgangSA’s national executive council is to hold a special meeting tomorrow , including provincial representatives, to discuss the matter.
Included in the money feared stolen is R65845 paid by the Independent Electoral Commission to AgangSA for the two parliamentary seats the party won in the May 7 election.
Also feared stolen is the R1.3-million the party owed the SA Revenue Service, and about R10-million it owes to service providers.
Other funds also appear to be missing, bringing the total amount not accounted for to nearly R13-million.
A party insider claimed someone in Cape Town had forged signatures.
“One would expect the national executive council to take a decision on whom the signatories on the account would be, but this never happened,” said Donald Tontsi, AgangSA’s Gauteng spokesman
“What is surprising is that, after announcing she was taking time off from politics following a gruelling election campaign, we now find Ramphele is a signatory on the account.
“‘Not only that, but one of the co-signer’s signature has apparently been forged.”