Andile Lungisa gets bail

2013-10-04 16:49

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Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member Andile Lungisa has been granted bail of R10 000 in the Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg.

The former National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) boss was arrested by the Hawks, together with his business partner, Ursula Sali, as well as Xolisile Guqaza and Thabo Shogole on fraud charges relating to the R2.5 million, which the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) had paid for US R&B singer R Kelly to perform at the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day in August.

The four have been charged with fraud and money laundering.

The arrests come after the department had opened a case with the Sandton police when it learnt that the singer had already left South African shores days before the August 17 event.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said: “The allegation is that the suspects made the complainant to believe that they had secured a contract with the promoters of R Kelly to perform on the day. Based on this undertaking funds were released into the complainant’s account, totalling over R2 million and was subsequently transferred to the suspects’ bank account.”

DAC had paid Crystal View Promotions, a company solely owned by former Gauteng provincial spokesperson Azwifarwi Ambani Radebe, R2.5 million as part of the deal even though there was no agreement signed with R Kelly.

DAC spokesperson Mack Lewele earlier told City Press that the DAC had hired Crystal View as event coordinator and manager.

“This means Crystal View was our implementing agency and procured all goods and services required – including artists. Crystal View had a contract with VBT Consulting. The contract entailed VBT Consulting providing the services of R Kelly to perform at the event but that didn’t happen,” said Lewele.

It is still unclear how Lungisa is involved in the case. The four accused will appear in court again on October 30.

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