Nkandla builder arrested for fraud, corruption

2014-11-30 08:01

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla builder has been arrested and charged with corruption and 18 counts of fraud.

According to the Sunday Independent, the Umhlanga businesswoman, Thandeka Nene, was arrested by the Hawks Anti-Corruption Task Team last week and released on bail of R30 000.

She is accused of exaggerating her experience as a builder to win government tenders to the value of R118m. She is also accused of bribing a public works department official.

The current charges do not however, make mention of the Nkandla upgrade.

This is not however the first time Nene has faced the wrath of the law. In December last year, she was arrested in Seychelles for fraud. After paying a fine of 50 000 rupees (about R44 000), she was released and returned to South Africa, reported News24 at the time

This was after one of Nene’s companies, Bonelena Construction, faced liquidation for owing R175 000 for vehicle rentals. But her company was eventually bailed out by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) with a R10m loan – on top of the R20m loan they had already given her.

Reporting on the Seychelles issue, the M&G at the time stated that the wealthy Nene, who built her empire on government construction tenders, was arrested with two others – one said to be a South African and the other from Sierra Leone.

They were charged with bank fraud after they allegedly approached a Seychelles bank to open a new account. Nene’s lawyers at the time said she was arrested because her business associate was in possession of a draft cheque that authorities in the Seychelles believed was false.

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