IFP leader held, bailed after allegedly defrauding business partner

2014-12-18 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL Inkatha Freedom Party member Hassan Farouk Motala spent the weekend in a Durban North cell after allegedly defrauding a business partner of R2,5 million.

A police source told The Witness that the case centres on a lease deal and allegedly involves the issuing of fraudulent cheques.

Motala, who is a member of the KZN Legislature. has denied the allegations, saying this was “a character assassination and dirty politics”.

The South Coast-born businessman, who has held several positions in the IFP including serving as treasurer-general and deputy chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade in KZN, was arrested on Friday in Overport, Durban.

He appeared in court on Monday and is currently out on R10 000 bail.

KZN SAPS’s Major Thulani Zwane confirmed the police were investigating a case of fraud that allegedly occurred on September 20, 2013, at a grocery store in Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks.

A police source who could not be named said: “He [Motala] was on the run and was constantly evading the investigating officers. He was requested to come to the station for warning statements but he refused and eventually a warrant for his arrest was issued.

“He spent the weekend in the cells at Durban North police station and appeared in court on Monday where he was granted R10 000 bail.

“There are conditions … He needs to report to the police station every day.”

Explaining what happened, Motala said he was not arrested but instead called in for questioning.

“I went to the police station on Friday and the investigating officer was not there,” he said.

Motala left the police station and went to pray and then returned to the police station.

“This stems from a civil matter that happened last year and it is sad that people will use the police to settle scores by trying to trump up charges,” said Motala.

He denied being charged with fraud despite the police confirming his arrest.

“I was not charged with fraud, I wish I had the court documents with me but this is a character assassination. It is dirty politics,” claimed Motala.

IFP chairperson Blessed Gwala said he was not aware of the allegations.

“I am still in the dark. I am waiting for him to tell me what happened,” said Gwala.

Motala is no stranger to headlines. In 2011 he found himself in a floor crossing scandal when he appeared on television wearing an ANC T-shirt, the Daily News reported. Days after his appearance, the paper reported that Motala was seen in front of the media wearing IFP attire. He later told the media that he was coerced into wearing the ANC T-shirt.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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