Majali co-accused sent for mental observation

2010-10-29 11:54

Three people accused of fraud alongside controversial businessman Sandile Majali would be sent for mental observation, the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court ruled today.

“I believe it would be in the interests of justice that all three accused be referred for mental observation,” said Magistrate Ashika Ramlaal.

Majali and accused number five, Linda Welencia Dlamini, were out on bail.

Today’s court appearance of Haralambos Sferopoulous, Stephan Khoza and Elvis Bongani Ndala was related to allegations that the directorship of mining company Kalahari Resources had been changed from Brian Amos Mashile and his sister, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, to the group of five, including Majali.

They allegedly removed Kalahari Resources’ directors from the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro) database in August.

Following the change, an urgent interdict was brought before the High Court in Johannesburg last month. The court ruled that Cipro must reinstate the siblings as directors of the company.

Kalahari Resources owns a 40% stake in Kalagadi Manganese, the mining company developing an R11 billion manganese mine and sinter plant in the Northern Cape, as well as a smelter at Coega.

The Industrial Development Corporation owns 10% of Kalagadi Manganese, while steel producer ArcelorMittal owns the remaining 50% stake.

Majali came into the public eye after his role in the so-called Oilgate saga that saw him “donate” R11 million of national oil company PetroSA’s funds to the ANC ahead of the 2004 elections.

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