Charges against Mpisane dropped

By Drum Digital
15 January 2014

The NPA has withdrawn all tax and fraud charges against controversial Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane.

The NPA has withdrawn all tax and fraud charges against controversial Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane.

This morning Mpisane appeared briefly at the Durban’s Specialized Commercial Crime court, where the state was forced to withdraw all charges. NPA failed to provide her with necessary documents as required under criminal procedure act.

At this moment it’s not clear if the state will reinstate the charges at a later stage.

Mpisane was accused of submitting forged documents to obtain Construction Industry Development Board grading, which she then used to win five public works department tenders worth R140 million.

Last February , the Asset Forfeiture Unit seized 51 cars including a pearl white Lamborghini Murciélago, two Rolls-Royces, two Ferrarri Scaglietti's, two Porche's, two Maserati cabriolets, two Hummers, two bullet proof BMW 550's.

Their other properties: a beach apartment worth two million, a house in the rich man's suburb Cowies Hill, and a unit in Umhlanga worth eight and a half million were also snatched, after the Pietermaritzburg High Court granted a preservation order against them.

The order to attach the assets valued at R70 million was part of restrain order, pending the outcome of fraud and corruption charges against Mpisane.

In August 2013 the Mpisane’s paid more than R5.6 million for the return of most of their cars.

DRUM understands that the state will be forced to return Mpisanes’ R50 000 bail money and all the properties and cash seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

 In this week’s issue of DRUM read about S’bu & Shauwn Mpisane’s spectacular, New Year’s Eve party

-S’thembiso Hlongwane

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