Corruption in KZN - lawyers charged

2010-11-22 21:55

Pietermaritzburg - Three Durban attorneys, arrested and granted bail in Pietermaritzburg on Monday, are to face charges along with high profile personalities previously charged with corruption and money laundering.

Nozibele Phindela, Jabulani Thusi and Ian Blose, who were granted R15 000 bail by regional Magistrate Chris van Vuuren, were ordered to appear with the original accused in the matter on December 2.

The attorney's firm Kuboni Shezi is also charged in the case.

A total of 10 individuals and seven companies are charged on 17 counts of corruption and money laundering. Not all the accused are charged with all the counts.

The original accused include Sipho Derrick Shabalala, former head of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial treasury and Uruguayan Gaston Savoi who along with his Intaka Holdings was arraigned on similar charges in Kimberley.

An allegation is that Shabalala dishonestly accepted or agreed to accept more than R1m from Savoi and/or Intaka to exert influence to grant a tender to Intaka for water purification plants.

Allied to this is a fraud charge in that he by misrepresentation negotiated disposal of R44m poverty alleviation fund money with the effect that the money was paid to Intaka for water purification. Also accused are Busisiwe Nyembezi, a former head of the KwaZulu-Natal health department, and Beatrice Shabalala, wife of Sipho Shabalala.

Attorney Sandile Kuboni, Lindelihle Mkwanazi, a shareholder of Rowmoor Investments, and Yoliswa Mbele, also a former head of the provincial department of health are also the accused in the case.

Another accused is Blue Serenity Investments whose shareholders are Sipho and Beatrice Shabalala.

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-11-23 06:31

    Noble, resposible BEE citizens all.

  • Wernerkwane - 2010-11-23 06:33

    I wish this hunt on "corrupt" officials meant that the ANC was actually serious about getting rid of corruption, but all that is happening is Jacob Z is getting rid of Mbeki's friends and replacing them with his friends. And they will be just as corrupt!

  • MontyC - 2010-11-23 06:58

    How depraved and despicable must you be to steal poverty alleviation funds. I have no doubt that all these criminals would cite 'previously disadvantaged' and blame the previous regime. It is time to take some lessons from other parts of the world and punish these people swiftly and publicly. What makes it even worse are the fact that some of these people are lawyers which is a position of trust!!

      Graham - 2010-11-23 07:30

      There are very few trustowrthy lawyers!

  • Andre - 2010-11-23 07:52

    I have a word for these involved, however, we are excluded from using it much as in the same vain as "BOY" is unacceptable terminology.... oh, so poverty funds were also 'BORROWED' for this self enrichment programme! Go Aye-N-Cee...go!

  • Mart - 2010-11-23 10:34

    South Africans who are privileged to be in a position of trust, and who transgress and break the law in this land, should be subject to stricter and swifter punishment than ordinary Joe Public. I think a call must be made for mandatory minimum sentences to be handed down to these 'thieves' who are a cancer in our society. How else will the message get across that their actions are unwanted and unacceptable in this country?

  • Worldwise - 2010-11-23 11:52

    All those forever bashing whites for being anti poor and racist on this forum, your comments please. Polodonkey, MalcolmX? Why so silent?

  • Monde - 2010-11-23 14:31

    this shabalala guy did a whole lot of damage!!!

  • ruben.maistry - 2011-09-29 19:38

    Interesting to see if these thives are disbarred or is the Law Society going to turn a blind eye.

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