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Farm seized by court

2012-12-07 17:48

Johannesburg - A farm in Limpopo, which is part of an investigation into On-point Engineers, has been seized after the high court in Pretoria granted a freezing order.

"The order [was granted on Wednesday and] was served this morning [Friday]," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi said in a statement.

It was served on Gwama Properties, which is registered as the owner of the Schuilkraal farm, and its sole director Lesiba Gwangwa.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit made the court application for the seizure of property based on an investigation by the Hawks and two independent reports into On-Point's activities.

The reports were compiled by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Unlawful activities

The court accepted the unit's submission that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the property was acquired with the proceeds of unlawful activities perpetrated against the department of roads and transport in Limpopo.

Gwangwa is also a director of On-point Engineers and faces charges related to tender fraud and corruption in the Polokwane Regional Court.

He previously appeared in court with axed ANC Youth League Julius Malema, who faces a charge of money-laundering and racketeering.

Several others, and four companies - On-Point, Gwama Properties, Segwalo Engineering and Oceanside Trading - were charged along with them. Gwangwa was released on R40 000 bail.

Court papers revealed that Malema allegedly benefited from corrupt activities amounting to R4m and had "clear business ties" with Gwangwa.

The State charged that Gwangwa and three others misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo transport department, and a R52m tender was awarded to On-Point.

Securing the tender

Another R1m gratification was paid for the securing of the tender.

Bid documents submitted by On-Point Engineers to the department contained several misrepresentations. Names given as executive and senior people at On-Point were for people not employed there. On-Point entered into secret agreements with service providers and in return received sums of money for these, the papers said.

Malema allegedly benefited from the tender by using it to fund a farm worth R3.9m and to make a payment of R382 655 for a Mercedez Viano.

"...Most of the payments... were channelled through other entities... to pay for the farm," the charge sheet said.

It said R1m was a part payment for a portion of the Schuilkraal farm by the Ratanang Trust.

Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point and Gwama Properties, said court papers. In October, Madonsela found that tenders awarded to On-Point were unlawful, and that the department did not follow proper guidelines in awarding them.

Comments
  • christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-07 17:51

    One of the first farms to be seized linked to Malema. What an irony!!!!!

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-07 18:02

      Damn, and he was just about to devide it in small land-lots for the millions of pedis in his area. How dare these people confiscate the about to be land owners little plots which they so deserve for all their hard work through the years. EISH.... !

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-07 18:06

      Oh yes indeed, DB - the mighty have begun to fall. Malema's not going down on his own - you can be sure of that. If he can bring Zuma down with him, he will. This is going to get interestinger and interstinger...

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-07 18:09

      DB, I don't know so much any more - I have a feeling the mood is shifting. Not enough for the next election, but change is coming. I also think there is even bigger money in the play (international money) to ensure the government sets itself up for failure for an imminent change in power. Money is everything to these current leaders, I have no doubt they will fall for a large retirement fund - even if it means compromising the ANC in the process.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-12-07 18:10

      my only concern... in my opinion there is no doubt that there is political interference in his prosecution... and this was Zuma's get out of jail free ticket.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-12-07 18:19

      Someones underwear is going to be torn to peaces, so it begins.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-12-07 18:38

      Let the games begin! Lets see just how many rotten apples there REALY are!!!!!!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-07 17:58

    when it rains it pours.

      sk.vanderwhatever - 2012-12-07 18:01

      ...for malema.

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-07 18:19

      yha bhuti for malema of course.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-07 18:20

      There is a saying - "what goes around, comes around". We have never asked for unfair treatment of leaders, we have always asked that leaders be accountable for their actions!

  • morne.demeillon - 2012-12-07 17:59

    And so it begins!There is going to be lot more they going to dig up!

  • Bongeka - 2012-12-07 18:04

    Mmhhh! I like this woman (Thuli Madonsela). She just has no fear and no favour. That's a kind of leadership South Africa needs.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-07 18:33

      Sam, Bongeka is not praising a black woman!!!! She is praising a woman with integrity. Can you not see the difference. And Thuli's job is not to investigate the past - there are more than enough people doing that - but unfortunately the are too busy changing street names, town names etc to get to the real crux of the problem!!!!

      Bongeka - 2012-12-07 18:35

      @ sam.ntshangase. Firstly, I'm not a woman, I'm a man and I don't see white people as gods or whatever term you may like to use. If something is wrong then it is wrong, irrespective of who does it (black or white). Use your brain and not your heart. And look at things beyond the race line,PLEASE.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-07 19:18

      Bongeka, sorry I "she"d you as well:-) No offense intended.....

      Bongeka - 2012-12-07 19:38

      None taken christelle.theron.3

  • sibusiso.hlongwane.92 - 2012-12-07 18:05

    about time, world is getting hotter for the man-child by the day.

  • Bingo - 2012-12-07 18:18

    @ makua. Farms seized? No, unused land was turned into farms. The state owns plenty of unused land. Why not take that and turn it into farms. That requires hard work not a handout so I guess that answers my own question. Take is easier than make, how's them "good words"

      Bingo - 2012-12-07 19:43

      No Makua. That happened, it was wrong, no question. Unlike many on this forum, I will not avoid the issue or dispute reality simply because i am of the same race group, that in my view would be stupid. I can accept that white people are not perfect...... Your statement said farms were taken, that was what I challenged you on.

  • Jali - 2012-12-07 18:40

    Surely Malema is not the only politician to have benefited from ill gotten gains...the investigation shouldn't be centred around him only there are scores more only difference is- they haven't upset any bigwig yet!!!

      hein.huyser - 2012-12-07 20:35

      Their time will come. Nothing like taking down a chief-thief to scare the little monsters into re-thinking their attitude towards other people's property

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-12-07 18:57

    Hay 'fatty'.... Time to seek asylum with your buddy 'Bob' in Zimbabwe...

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-07 19:13

    Ru indegenous people unable 2counter temptation?? i don,t think so~ never ending story??

  • Prince Kgwale - 2012-12-07 19:18

    We waiting for Shabir Shaik,Nkandla and Tony Yengeni's properties to be seized too.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-12-07 19:22

    All South Africans know that Nkandla compound was built with the proceeds of corruption Now when is the asset forfeiture unit going to attach that compound? The evidence that led to the concviction of Sheik is there before the court

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-12-07 19:47

      Deep in the Jungle there is a rumble

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-07 20:10

    Malema, here they come!!

  • martinvdmerwe.icmi - 2012-12-07 20:15

    Go Hawks go, keep up the good work, put the fraudters behind bars

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-12-07 21:13

    Malemanoma should be in prison for life.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-08 13:23

    Proceeds of unlawful activities?. But isn't that the norm by which this country is ruled?.

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