Unexplained delays have hampered the Gauteng Partnership Fund's (GPF) probe into loans worth R30m it granted Deputy President Paul Mashatile's son-in-law, Nceba Nonkwelo, for a housing project that was never built.

GPF board chairperson Craig Cornish confirmed the investigation was experiencing delays but refused to be drawn on the underlying reasons, notes News24.

The board has now requested an extension from MEC for Human Settlements Lebogang Maile.

While the probe was under way last month, Mashatile appointed a GPF board member, Nangamso Matebese, as his economic adviser.

News24 says it has learned that Matebese was on the GPF committee that approved loans to potential developers in 2017 – the year Nonkwelo Investments received an R8.4m loan.

Her proximity to Mashatile and the loans goes further, as she now sits on the committee which appoints independent investigators to probe internal matters.

The investigation seeks to determine the circumstances around the awarding of at least three loans to Nonkwelo's company, Nonkwelo Investments, between 2013 and 2017.

The loans were for the construction of student housing in Highlands, Johannesburg.

But a decade after the first loan was granted, construction remains incomplete.

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