Couple in court over assets freeze

2013-01-11 12:03
(Picture: <a href=\\\\\\\\>Shutterstock</a>)

(Picture: Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A North West couple appeared in the Rustenburg Circuit Court after they failed to comply with a restraint order against their assets, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.

NPA regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said Marthie and Andries Mulder appeared in court on Thursday after the North West High Court granted the restraint order on 23 September 2011.

"The purpose of the restraint order was to freeze the assets of the couple until their criminal trial was finalised," he said in a statement.

"It was found that Marthie Mulder had [allegedly] defrauded Van Velden and Duffey Attorneys... She allegedly transferred the firm's money into her and her husband's bank accounts....The payments amounted to more than R5m."

Assets removed

She was employed as a secretary in charge of administration of files for the Van Velden and Duffey Attorneys' road accident claims department.

Shuping said she allegedly pretended that the payments were for medical doctors and service providers in personal injury or third party claims.

The high court appointed Shawn Williams of KPMG as the curator and he was responsible for securing the couple's assets.

The curator removed assets including two cars and a boat and left the couple with one car and household furniture. They did not have property on their name.

"The total value of the removed assets was R765 000," Shuping added.

In November, Williams learned that the Mulders moved and a comprehensive assets verification check was conducted at their new residence and was found they sold assets that were attached to pay rent owed in July.


"In terms of the restraint order, the Mulders had a duty to submit a monthly income and expenditure affidavit to the curator which they ceased doing from January 2012," Shuping said.

Part of the court's order was that the Mulders were obliged to inform the curator if there was a threat to attach any frozen assets, he added.

"The Mulders failed to contact the curator to inform him of the attachment which resulted in a financial loss of R100 000. The curator also learned that Andries Mulder sold or pawned a dinner set and several paintings on 29 November at Cash Converters in Rustenburg."

Shuping said this should serve as a warning to people whose assets were frozen that "drastic action" would be taken if they "disobey the court orders freezing their assets".

The Mulders are expected to apply for bail on 21 January.


Read more on:    mahikeng

Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


'Zuma's legacy will be judged by Nkandla'

The legacy of President Jacob Zuma is contingent on how he deals with the issue of upgrades to his Nkandla homestead, says Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.


Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
More traffic reports...

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Bold Design The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry...

From R2979.00

I'm shopping for:


Self-indulgence may be strong today. You may want to enjoy yourself to the fullest and share it with those that make you more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.