Former PMB deputy mayor appears

2013-03-11 18:31

Pietermaritzburg - Former Msunduzi deputy mayor Alpha Shelembe appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court with four others on Monday over an allegedly fraudulent property deal.

Shelembe, his wife Joyful, sister Nelisiwe, businessman Lucky Moloi, and bodyguard Thembvinkosi Xaba face charges related to Shelembe and Moloi's alleged abuse of their positions of trust.

The five allegedly shared a R1 million commission on a property, bought by the uMgungundlovu district municipality, with estate agent Neville Watts and Themba Zungu.

Zungu and Watts, who have both since died, allegedly helped Shelembe convince the municipality to buy the property for R6.85m, while other more suitable properties were available.

Shelembe pleaded not guilty to corruption and fraud, by receiving R200 000 commission, and money laundering by having R200 000 paid to his sister in seven instalments.

She pleaded not guilty to this and another count of money laundering, for allegedly involving Joyful Shelembe by depositing cheques into her business account.

The State argues they should have known the funds were the proceeds of unlawful activities.

Moloi pleaded not guilty to fraud. The State alleges he helped persuade the municipality to buy the property.

Regional magistrate Jaco Jordaan is presiding. The case has been set down for the rest of the week.

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