Farms worth R15m seized - NPA

2011-03-11 19:13

Johannesburg - Two farms, including livestock and farming equipment worth R15m were seized in relation to a land affairs fraud case, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.

This was after the department of rural development and land reform was allegedly misled into awarding a grant of about R9.7m to Abrina 6 658 to assist in the purchase of an Arcadia farm in Ladysmith, NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement.

The department believes that it may have acted on a fraudulent memorandum.

The farms were purchased and transferred into Abrina 6 658, a public company owned and controlled by the Sewpersadh family in Ladysmith.

The seizure followed an investigation initiated by the department after Minister Gugile Nkwinti insisted on a large-scale probe into allegations of the irregularities.

The probe led to the arrest of Roshen Sewpersadh and three officials of the department identified as Promise Makhanya, Sibusiso Chapi and Patrick Masoka.

They have been charged and are currently out on bail.

Mhaga said the investigations centred on the fraudulent acquisition of the properties earmarked for the redistribution and restitution to the farming communities who lived and worked on the farms.

"Investigations reveal, among others, that several farms were fraudulently transferred to certain entities and individuals who did not qualify as beneficiaries in terms of the programmes.

"Fraudulent activities induced the department into approving a grant. Among the individuals were officials from the department whose responsibility was to ensure that the farms were transferred to legitimate beneficiaries," Mhaga said.

Sewpersadh and the three government officials will appear in the Ladysmith Regional Court on May 3.

Mhaga said the farms seized brought to a total R50m assets seized in the last six months since the establishment of the public service's Anti-Corruption Task Team.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-11 19:35

    I wonder? Are they getting serious about corruption? or is it targetted only against outsiders? I hope not.

      Nkunzi - 2011-03-12 04:00

      If you haven't yet noticed, it's ELECTION TIME. You will not hear of action against members in the top echelons of the ANC, though. I mean, how negative would that reflect on their credibility?

  • Jayjay001 - 2011-03-11 19:35

    The most shocking thing is how South Africa is now more reliant on food import than food export. Where has one ever heard of such a thing, aw, yeah that's right Zimbabwe. The same country asking the world for food aid. Woeful that previously oppressed people in our African continent bring about leaders who keep on the oppression and take all the wealth only for themselves through cronyism and corruption, only to turn the country into a chaotic state of poverty. Then foreign aid gets pumped in from the west, only to further ryuin local markets. and finally for globalists to walk in and buy everything for a song. Angola being the perfect example of this, with security compounds as foreign firms pillage the land for raw wealth. When will Africa learn that the man screaming about past oppression is the same man who is intent on present oppression of the nation. South Africa is sliding down the tubes fast with all this reverse racism and is to end up another African casualty. Africa needs a whole new set of thinking, one that involves respect of ALL it's citizens and oppression of no one. A Rainbow Nation our Freedom Charter indicated towards is the ONLY solution to this continued mess we find ourselves within.

      Christopher - 2011-03-12 21:11

      Thow I beleave in alot what your saying Your also Wrong, Firstly Many countrys rely on Imported goods, Secondly Have you looked into the food export South africa Does? Because We Most likely again like many countrys Export more goods than we keep here! The reason for this is Money, Farms make more selling to countrys like EU/USA than they make selling in South Africa! Normaly Prime foods.

      Cynical Sci - 2011-03-12 22:00

      Just checking that you realize that the Freedom Charter isn't the South African constitution.

  • Firebird - 2011-03-11 19:55

    What the hell is wrong with these Government Officials? Can they not stop putting their hands in the cookie jar.

  • - 2011-03-11 20:14

    Well, with all the disasters happening on earth, mayby these african sod's will get off their butts?

      YasButIDunno - 2011-03-11 20:40

      Don't hold your breath waiting for Africa to send humanitarian aid to Japan. Aid is a one-way street as far as this Continent of Spongers is concerned.

      Cyril - 2011-03-11 21:22

      Charl. Are you HIGH???

  • Benzo - 2011-03-11 20:39

    @Slapper...and if you keep your ears to the ground, you will notice that these little cases are only the tip of the iceberg of many more smaller cases under the surface. In my village people can only get a house, being build for the poor, if they have an ANC membership card.....What do we call this practice?? I call it corruption.

  • Xram62 - 2011-03-11 20:43

    Name just ONE thing any government department or government official is involved in that's completely by the book and above board. Can't they do anything without a "criminal element"??? It's just so sad...

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-11 20:56

    Eish, the African National Circus is becoming more of a joke each passing day. The sheep that vote for them time after time do not see that they are having the wool pulled over their eyes, and have become pawns at the hands of greedy, corrupt and dis-honest Ministers and ANC party officials. Well you get what you deserve poor people, as only you can stop this dictatorship. Rainbow nation? More like Rainbow in the Dark, by Dio.

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  • Carl Muller - 2011-03-11 21:46

    Indians, indians, indians....

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  • Grazy - 2011-03-11 22:47

    Cannot help to feel sorry for the good blacks if they are taken for a ride like that. And that by their own people. Then, when they vote ANC agaain I give up feeling sorry. They need a colonist to look after them all the time like children in pre-school needs a teacher.

      Zion - 2011-03-12 08:05

      Two things: pawned of for cashwhen hard times come by and secondly nothing but will go the same way as 95% of farms allocated to the disadvantaged.

      Deon Coetzer - 2011-06-24 09:35

      I agree about the vote for ANC but do you realy see yourself as a colonist because I am a South African>

  • pappabeer - 2011-03-12 00:58

    so what do they do with it after seizing it???

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-12 06:31

    The levels of corruption and criminality by these south african indians will only be reached by their even greater levels of bitter racism that they exert towards all others in south africa. indians having assumed the 'right' to take over all assets, positions and prospects of former whites and indians leading the express train of racism through financial mismanagement and controlling government positions. AND indians inviting their foreign counterparts to ostensibly invest under covers and curtains of 'investment' in SA but meanwhile it is poorly hidden methods to STRIP SA of wealth and get the nation to pay outwards tax payers funds for generations to come, just to pander to a few warlords like the zuma clan. South Africa neither needs nor wants indians like the shaik's and gupta's nor 95% of the rest of them BUT they have insidiously inveigled themselves into power positions. Gordhan (finance minister), an indian himself has WARNED SA of the impending collapse of our economy if we do not get DOUBLE the Growth Rate in GDP for the next 20 years non stop AND THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNDER TEH ANC POLICIES NOR PROFLIGACY OF THE ZUMAS.

  • Zion - 2011-03-12 08:00

    This does not shock and cannot shock anymore. In fact very little indeed can shock us today. This case of thievery from the nation has become accepted despite a weak doh-dah from the government - a kind of tokenism. Corruption has just become another economic model perfected in Africa.

  • Hardtalk - 2011-03-12 13:48

    Fraud and corruption is all the ANC know – South Africa is doomed. People of SA must understand that the time will soon come when your so-called freedom will be a waste of time and energy. Many studies have been done on SA with the opinion that it will be like Zim in about ten years, I agree 100% you only have to open your eyes and see the end is near. A government that is destroying SA thanks to your vote and support, which will never end because you are so uneducated and stupid. Land reform – the only ones to benefit are the corrupt ANC leaders and their friends and families. Mine nationalization – the only ones to benefit are the corrupt ANC leaders and their friends and families. Even if you are one of the less educated and not very wise about politics, it is still your right to have an honest and fair government. They should be there to make sure you have the best of life SA can give you. When you have a wealthy country with money to burn, then you can have the President and his cronies driving around in million Rand cars, living in multi million Rand houses, spending million on self indulgents and greed. You all deserve better so use the ballet box and get rid of the animal farm with its corruption and lies.

  • Anne - 2011-03-12 17:25

    Where are we going with all this, it is time we all stood up to corruption

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