Mpisane case postponed

2013-02-15 18:05
Durban – A third case involving Durban businesswoman Shawn Mpisane - in which she is accused of interfering with a State witness - was postponed in the Pinetown Regional Court on Friday.

Mpisane is charged with attempting to persuade a State witness to alter invoices and has been charged with corruption as well as defeating the ends of justice.

The matter was postponed to 21 February.

She allegedly tried to persuade a State witness to alter evidence in a tax matter for which she will stand trial in May.

In the May trial, Mpisane is accused of having inflated invoices to reduce her tax burden as well as understating the amount of value added tax payable to the South African Revenue Service.

She faces another trial in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on 53 charges of fraud, forgery, and uttering of a forged document.

She allegedly submitted forged documents to obtain Construction Industry Development Board gradings, which were then used to win public works department tenders worth R140m for her close corporation Zikhulise Cleaning Maintenance and Transport, of which she is the sole member.

Her appearance in the Commercial Crimes Court last week was preceded by a joint raid of the Hawks and the Asset Forfeiture Unit on 6 February.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said at the time assets worth R140m were being attached.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said in a statement later that day luxury cars worth about R22m had been seized.

These included a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Maserati, a Ferrari Scaglietti, a Porsche Cayenne Turbo, a Panamera Turbo, two armoured BMW 5 series, and two Hummers, the NPA said in a statement.

According to that statement, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court had granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) an order authorising it to freeze and seize R140m in property.

On Friday Mpisane's lawyer Jimmy Howse, who argued against a further postponement of case, said that R70m of Mpisane's assets had been the subject of a restraining order.

- SAPA
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