‘Mabaso ordered mark-up of 30-45%’

2013-02-13 00:00

FRAUD accused Jabulani Mabaso gave instructions to mark up the price his company paid for stationery to be supplied to KwaZulu-Natal schools by between 30% and 45%, the high court in Pietermaritzburg was told yesterday.

Nqobile Kwitshane, a former employee of Mabaso’s company, Indiza Infrastructure Solutions, testified that one of her tasks was to compile Indiza’s catalogue, which was provided to the Education Department and to schools.

Kwitshane said that on Mabaso’s instructions she included a mark-up on the prices that Indiza was quoted for the stationery.

She said she was responsible for creating an invoice for R114 543 298, which was submitted to the department for payment in respect of stationery in September 2005. When the invoice was submitted, the orders for the stationery had not yet been completed.

Kwitshane said the invoice in question had been approved and signed by Mabaso, who had perused the various purchase orders that listed the items they were intending to buy.

“I know that this amount was paid [by the department], but I never saw the bank statement,” she told Acting Judge Kobus Booyens.

Kwitshane said the orders for the stationery had not yet been placed with suppliers at the time.

The stationery was subsequently bought by Indiza, but she was unable to say whether the items or quantities were the same as those reflected on the purchase orders to the various suppliers.

Indiza did not buy anything from at least one of the suppliers in question, Stationery Den, in respect of whom a purchase order had been made out. This could have been for a number of reasons, such as quality issues or availability of stock, said Kwitshane.

Mabaso has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of fraud, forgery and uttering involving about R200 million. In a statement setting out his defence, he said he understood that Indiza was entitled to profit from the provision of stationery to schools in terms of the company’s agreement with the department.

The case is proceeding.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.