Mandela grandson faces charges
Johannesburg - Business Times reported on Sunday that former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Zondwa Mandela was to face criminal charges for failing to arrive for an inquiry by the Master of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last week.
This is after Johan Engelbrecht, the lead liquidator of Pamodzi Gold assets was quoted as saying that they had planned to lay the charges in the coming week.
Aurora Empowerment Systems, which was led by Zondwa and President Jacob Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, was singled out as the preferred bidder for Pamodzi's mines when they went into liquidation in 2009.
Its management contract has since been cancelled after the company was accused of destroying infrastructure at the mines and causing the loss of more than 5 300 jobs.
"That [laying criminal charges] will be the first step. The second step is to move part of his [Zondwa's] testimony to a magistrate's court so that if he doesn't pitch the magistrate will have the power to charge him for contempt of court," Engelbrecht was quoted as saying.
The inquiry, which is in line with Sections 417 and 418 of the Companies Act, seeks to investigate the conduct of Aurora, its directors and managers, after the company took possession of the assets from Pamodzi.
The inquiry is also probing the conclusion of the interim contract and mining agreement between Aurora and liquidators of Pamodzi.