Nkandla contractor appears in court

2015-02-27 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL Nkandla building contractor Thandeka Nene appeared briefly in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on fraud-related charges yesterday.

Nene is accused of exaggerating her working experience in a bid to gain government tenders worth over R100 million.

Her charges relate to the building of facilities including schools and hospitals through her company Bonelena Construction Enterprise and Project CC. That matter was adjourned to May 13. She later appeared again, this time alongside her husband Sikhumbuzo Eric Nene, her sister Cynthia Cyndi Mahlalempini, and her brother-in-law Jordan Mlamuli Ngubane — all four of whom are listed as directors of Ntshantsha Construction company — on charges related to fraud for government tenders.

Their lawyer requested that the state employ a hand-writing expert to verify documents alleged to have been signed by the directors to earn the tenders — these documents are to be submitted to the state by May 6. The case was also adjourned to May 13.

All are currently out on bail.

Nene’s company had previously secured R90 million for the upgrades to the president’s home.

She is accused of lying to the Construction Industry Development Board to increase her grading, and bribing an official in an effort to win a state tender.

In December Nene was accused of allegedly assaulting an Independent Newspapers journalist, who visited the home of her late mother in Pinetown. Her mother was stabbed to death, allegedly by six suspects who broke into her home and demanded money.

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