Land scammer sentencing postponed

2014-11-18 20:28
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Johannesburg - The Gauteng human settlements department said on Tuesday that the sentencing of a former City of Johannesburg employee for illegally selling state land in Lenasia had been postponed by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

"The matter was postponed to 15 December," said spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

"Sifiso Handsome Litau's legal representative was in court but was not feeling well."

Litau resigned from his post during internal disciplinary proceedings where three people who had bought land from him gave evidence against him.

He was found guilty in July of illegally selling land in Lenasia Extension 13.

Money laundering

Two other people, David Mofokeng known as "Lepolisa" and Thabo Moloi, were arrested in connection with the scheme in July and released on R5 000 bail each.

They were caught during a sting operation while allegedly trying to sell state land in the area to Hawks investigators.

Pastor Mandla Dlamini, 76 is serving a three-year sentence for his part in the crime.

Married couple Muzwamandla and Elizabeth Poto were found guilty on fraud charges in November 2013 and sentenced to three years of correctional supervision. They were also given 12 months' imprisonment for trespassing, suspended for 12 months.

The alleged kingpin of the syndicate, Richard Zikhali, faces 94 counts of fraud and money laundering. He is to be tried in the Johannesburg specialised commercial crimes court soon.

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