R21m tender fraud - Mercs, Porsche seized

2012-04-11 22:08

Johannesburg - Properties, luxury cars and trucks owned by suspected fraudsters were seized by law enforcement agencies across Gauteng on Wednesday, the NPA said.

They were acting on behalf of the Ekurhuleni metro municipality, which was defrauded of more than R21m in a computer tender, said National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

"In the combined operation with the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), and the Anti-Corruption Task Team, we seized 12 residential homes, several trucks and 27 luxury cars and motorbikes," Mhaga said.

The vehicles included BMWs, Mercedes-Benz cars and a Porsche.

The properties and vehicles were taken from seven people and three businesses. Mhaga said the buildings were in Irene, Edenvale, North Riding, Bedfordview and Benoni.

According to Mhaga, Valero David was the sole member of a company, Meropa Sechabeng Technology, which was awarded a computer tender by the municipality.


He was related, through marriage, to the executive director of the municipality's computer department, Nilesh Singh.

David failed to disclose this relationship when applying for the tender. Andrew Mphushomadi, a senior manager in the computer department, was also allegedly involved in awarding the tender and the ensuing fraud, Mhaga said.

Mphushomadi was a member of Nanga Transport.

"Shortly after the tender was awarded, Nanga took ownership of a number of Mercedes-Benz trucks valued at nearly R4m," Mhaga said.

These vehicles were apparently paid for by Meropa.

Mhaga said after David was awarded the tender, he had used R8m to buy luxury vehicles for the other accused and their families as a celebration.

David, Singh and Mphushomadi were arrested by the Hawks last year and appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court on fraud and corruption charges last July.

Their case is scheduled to continue on July 2 this year.

  • Sean - 2012-04-11 22:18

    This is normal in South Africa !!! F@cken bunch of criminals !!

      Robert - 2012-04-11 23:48

      small fry, look at the billion rand tenders?

      Fredster - 2012-04-12 09:32

      I suggest you look into the eTolliing that will be a hoot

      Nicholas - 2012-04-12 12:52

      "We did not struggle to be poor"

      Greg - 2012-04-12 14:37

      ah, great that they got these guys, but sadly, there were probably about another ten fraudulent tenders awarded in SA today...

      Vince.York - 2012-04-12 21:16

      A little perspective on this based on an SA RBillion having 9 zeros! It follows that the reported PLUS R30Billion embezzled this past year is a mere representation of approximately half of the inner connected ANC cabal latching onto it all i.e. ZAR30,000,000,000.00 divided by the value of this singularly small snatch crime (worse than murder when attending to the lack of service delivery and commensurate misery of the majority)ZAR21,000,000.00 and the result is so many henious criminals = 1,428.57 which represents about half of the inner core that are holding SA to ransom, soon to be secretly done too.

      farmfreund - 2012-04-13 13:08

      If you want to know somebody, give him power ,

      mncadi - 2012-04-14 08:47

      Your fathers ate and it was okay - Our time now. Please, we're enjoying our meal

      Jan - 2012-05-13 16:17

      mncadi just wait you will go hungry yet!!!!!

      John - 2012-10-07 23:19

      Kinda makes you wonder why we bust our nuts off working for an honest buck to make ends meet. And also why we criticise ex' pat's for leaving.

      biltong.eldest - 2012-10-08 01:00

      @5centsWorth. Why would you criticize people for leaving SA? In my 50tish I moved my wife and 3 kids to a 1st world country. Life is different here, some thing nicer and other things less nice than SA but we are safe. My wife can go walking on her own in a large park and she will be safe. I don't have to worry about my teenagers going out during the day or at night and if I feel like speaking Afrikaans, 3 doors down the street is a nice guy & family from SA. Recently an accountant from SA also moved in close by. You might want to consider it.

  • kosmonooit - 2012-04-11 22:24

    How can any honest business person expect to survive these days? And it must be said AA/ BEE (the way its being done) just opens the door to abuses and crooks like these. As long as the business decision making process is skewed with a sense of entitlement, the inevitable will happen.

      Robert - 2012-04-11 23:55

      you can not under the ANC rule.They all want their share. Do business elsewhere where its not so blatant. Corruption is everywhere but SA ANC made it a political art.

  • Sam - 2012-04-11 22:27

    thumbs up the hawks crime does nt pay, our black brothers in key positions must stop being loose headed maan , think of losing your job, dignity,tainting your image in professional career for quick rich skeem. but anyway you are creating job openings for others good riddance, go hell

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-11 23:39

      Singh,valero ,black?

      Sipho - 2012-04-11 23:48

      NO Hugo. Singh is from Fiji,so is Valero...islanders!! probably connected to some of Zuma's Indian friends!

      Aston - 2012-04-12 14:42

      Singh and Viji are indians from Fiji so they must be connected to Zuma's indian friends in durban? How about trying to think first before you type?

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-04-11 22:28

    Now that they have been exposed and their assets seized its now up to the judiciary that they remain behind bars all their assets frozen until proven guilty or otherwise [ we all know that they are guilty anyway] auction their assets and send them to jail. That might be a good example to all the thieving public servants....I hope!!

      Ben - 2012-04-12 07:40

      Hope they are taken away and your neighbourhood will be clean.

      Johnathon - 2012-04-12 12:27

      Mbuyi All goverment employees involved will propably be suspended for at least 2 yrs on full pay. If they ever go to court, as they usually pay cops to conveniently lose all case documents. Matter thrown out of court, as not tried in court of law, they will all be reinstated back into their jobs, to start whole corruption and fraud schemes once again. If by some means they do get tries and sentenced, all legal costs will be covered by Goverment. With all this loss of public funds through corruption and bribery, salaries while on suspension, legal costs etc, toll roads have become essential to again fill up Goverment coffers. ANC Sstill expects to stay in power forever, as they were involved in the struggle, remember. All we honest citizens can expect is more tax and more tax and more tax.

      Pomene - 2012-04-13 09:00

      Carol,yes it is a stunning neighbouhood just a pity such scumbags were allowed to move into it by using your and my money !!! I had to pay myself !!

      mfudzi.wamambo - 2012-04-13 14:32

      and their families must now move to informal settlements!

      Honest - 2012-05-13 11:48

      I wish we had these crime and corruption busting units during Apartheid as well , we would now be able to compare the levels of corruption then and today. Pity !! Maybe those days it was not called corruption

  • Vic - 2012-04-11 22:38

    So what's new? The lists keeps growing!

  • Koos - 2012-04-11 22:44

    All I can say is this is how it is done... I know and it is done on a daily basis. Municipal managers, mayors, directors, sectional heads, PA’s and a whole lot of positions and titles that themselves don’t even know that they are supposed to do in those positions. The only reason this was exposed is because someone didn’t get a cut or wanted a position for “a friend”. This is also how they operate. They all have “dirt” on each other and I personally love it when they start turning on each other especially the councillors since they are only temporary and mostly not to bright and they want to make as much as they can as fast as they can.

  • Bob - 2012-04-11 22:44

    P a t h e t i c pigs…! Zuma! Are you happy with the way the country is going under your leadership?

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-11 23:39

      were they not caught and the money(some)recovered .

      lucebotha - 2012-04-12 06:57

      @Sakhikhaya - zuma got everything to do with the way everything is run in this country - if the big guys in power can get away with all their fraud and corruption (that's what they stand for and nothing else!) then why can't other people do it as well - I mean the anc is their role model?!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-12 08:23

      @sakhikhaya.dlala - it is called "leadership" - and that sets the standard for how the whole of the SERVING Government serves US - not themselves. That is why leaders are elected. Unless you have some other system that works for US?

      ttshabalala - 2012-04-12 08:41

      Bob, no! You're being silly. You probably think this country was better off when you were still a little boy growing up in a white-only surbub. To you, yes, it was. But for the majority of the people it wasn't. Back then, we felt just the way you do now. Under the ANC's leadership, my life and that of my children, is far better than it would have been under your grandfather's leadership, so "SIT DOWN BOB".

      indianajohn - 2012-04-12 15:01

      ttshabalala... when are you going to start looking beyond today? That is the theme that runs through all the posts made by you ANC supporters. There is zero foresight. For some reason you can't see that the country is going to FAIL if it carries on like this. Stop looking behind you for goodness sake. Yes, apartheid was crap and I hate everyone involved in it. But now you want to run the country into the ground for revenge? How does that help ANYONE? It's your short-sighted attitude that scares me more than anything. You say your life is better now, and I'm sure it is. But when are you going to wake up and realise that if you carry on like this, it will soon be worse than it ever was, for ALL of us?

  • Aidan Berry - 2012-04-11 22:45

    Ah!! This is such a beautiful story to read just before I close my eyes and sleep after a hard days work. It's so satisfying to know that I helped pay for somebody to buy some new houses and luxury cars for themselves and their families with my hard earned money. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and pay for their court fees as well. Sleep well all.

      ttshabalala - 2012-04-12 08:58

      You must be very wealthy Aidan. You mind paying for my brother's varsity fees?

      johan.pieters - 2012-04-12 16:10

      Aidan's most probably already paying for your brothers's varsity studies...

      Warren - 2012-04-12 18:05

      ... & me too!!!

      indianajohn - 2012-04-12 21:14

      ttshabalala: If you take all the taxes Aidan has paid over the years, and then return to him whatever percentage was NOT used for service delivery, then yes he would indeed be wealthy.

  • Thando - 2012-04-11 22:58

    Let us thank th South African law enforcemnt agencies for th sterling work thy hv done in ths case........lets give thm a bells.

  • Frank - 2012-04-11 23:00

    Looking @ that payslip and seeing how much im being taxed is a headache NOW THIS!!! Can i pose a suggestion? How about we form a Tax Payers Association? Woudnt that help? No man this is too much...

      pws69 - 2012-04-12 07:19

      It already exists, you just need to join.

  • Shaunbo - 2012-04-11 23:00

    Amazing that everyone complains that the police never do their job. When they do, not a single pat on the back. You see this as a sign of how bad things are, I am heartened to see that there are people that are fighting against the scourge of corruption. Well done to you all for your self-righteous comments.

      riettevr - 2012-04-11 23:05

      My thoughts exactly. I am so glad things are being done. Rather late than never.

      Emil - 2012-04-12 06:49

      Fully support your statement Shaunbo .Give praise where praise is due.Forget about racism and tackle the problem irrelevant of who is involved.

      Deon - 2012-04-12 09:38

      We will start in getting rid of corruption in SA. when our dear leader answer to the previous cases of Fraud, corruption, money laundering and rackateering. According to LNN it was + 400 cases! I do agree, some of the police are doing a fine job.

      Pravda - 2012-04-12 10:20

      are you talikng about the 100 law enforcment guys who helped bring these guys down on an insider tipoff, or the 2000 others that stop you for lunch money????

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-04-11 23:02

    Greed and entitlement are horrible vices

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-04-11 23:04

    South Africa when people took about corruption and services for poor some look a colour please remove colour and fight corruption we will have services who is next Limpopo province

      riettevr - 2012-04-11 23:08

      I agree. We must work together. This country could be the best on earth if we just cared more for our countrymen, regardless of colour.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-12 00:04

      Lekgwakwa, I also know that in your job you sometimes have to make exceptions for people, as I taught my Black colleagues when they were learning the job in my industry more than 15 years ago. Because of the bad eggs, the good ones with discretion have suffered the consequences. Charging gogo R350 on an air ticket when she misread the time is just completely unfair. Charging a Granny 5kg excess baggage when she is taking food to her children, the same. (There was always a 5kg margin because the scales were not checked every day.) Because of the skelms and the "I wants" - all the goodwill flew out the window. It seems SA is all written in Black and White - and everyone is trying to grasp as much as they can. Sad for everyone.

      Konstabel - 2012-04-12 13:29

      Very valid point Lekgwakgwa. It is not about colour. I hope that at the next national elections South Africans will vote with their minds and not their hearts. SA like any stable democracy needs two big dominant parties to keep each other in check. History has shown that any country that has only one dominant political party will almost always end up drowning in corruption and maladministration.

  • thozi - 2012-04-11 23:09

    Not impressed by a "selective arrest" of the nobodies. What about the big guys in Limpopo and Northern Cape?

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-11 23:40


      adam - 2012-04-12 06:15

      And the big boss...

      Nigel - 2012-04-12 07:36

      yes and the "prince of the poor" lying fat boy

  • Shaylene - 2012-04-11 23:23

    Well for the few percentage of people who do pay tax in this country we know where our money is going to. Its such a comforting thought that all our hard work to fork out for taxes is being p*ssed against some corrupt goverment officials wall. Maybe the other percentage of South Africans who don't pay tax should start paying so that they can feel our frustrations and anger....

      somikazi.pita - 2012-04-12 07:44

      Wrong, each and every SAcan pays tax,as soon as you spend your money you pay tax, check your invoices.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-12 21:18

      Correct, Somikazi.

  • Jerry - 2012-04-11 23:26

    I will only believe on this Hawks if they start from top to bottom. Corruption is institutionalized by the ANC and it will stand for some time. Come to North West and see the state of roads etc. Sickening.

      Zahir - 2012-04-12 07:40

      This govt should be place under administration the DA needs to step in while we uncover the extent of the rot and mess

      Mokoenihi - 2012-04-12 11:23

      No Man, Why is the ANC blamed for everything, I do not see anywhere in the article where it says these guys are ANC members.

  • HugoMabasa - 2012-04-11 23:38


  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-11 23:55

    Welcome to sunny corrupt South Africa a tour guide should be announcing tourists upon arrival at OR Tambo..........

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-12 21:37

      "We have a lovely collection of foreign criminals and despots for your ro peruse at your leisure". Once you have been refreshed with a complimentary brandy and coke, "Please look our the window on the left and observe a baby rhino crying next to it's mother. Sad, but reality. Poachers and their families also have a right to eat. We are banking over PE's Northern areas - please keep your seatbelts on, as we may suffer some turbulence due to stray bullets hitting the aircraft. Moving on to the estuaries running into the seas - please do not be alarmed. The creatures grovelling in the mud flats are actually human - undfortunate souls, biologically manipulate due to a lack of control and actual knowledge with regard to poisons seeping into our rivers. Please don't feed them, they may be dangerous"

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-04-12 00:12

    Only 27 cars! Where did they hide all the other assets!

  • Thabo - 2012-04-12 00:17

    I thought Ekurhuleni got unqualified audit report but there's still such anomalies.

      Phalo - 2012-04-13 08:56

      The problem goes back to 2008/9 FY. The Hawks started the investigations back then but were delayed politically. One of the parties mentioned here used to make huge donations in the millions to host ANC functions in the East Rand area. The SWC 2010 fanparks were rolled by him, etc. When they say wheels of justice turn slowly, they are right. I am glad that at last something is happening, considering that we are RSA under the ANTS and their corruption sies!

  • Scouter - 2012-04-12 00:38

    This is a bottomless cesspit of corruption SA is staring into - no hope.

      Scouter - 2012-04-12 08:38

      whoever gave my comment a 'thumbs down' is either illiterate or blind, or both

      indianajohn - 2012-04-12 21:24

      Same thing.

  • ntompe - 2012-04-12 00:45

    Dats not enough investigators must pull their socks n dig more.we want the truth abt tis Fraudulant schemes.

  • billidp - 2012-04-12 00:47

    I am SO frigging sick and tired of the corruption in South Africa!!! How are we ordinary citizens supposed to cope when all this shyte is being perpetrated by the people who are supposed to be protecting us??

  • Lerato - 2012-04-12 03:40

    Whats new we never see the end of this cases anyway who goes to jail and stays and not get medical parole. All this hype will dissappear in a month or two. I guess this is the freedom that we wanted a freedom to steal and get away with it. Shame....

      Ben - 2012-04-12 06:19

      Maybe this freedom was not for all of us but only for a few. Dont worry everything will come out in the open eventually and these people will pay the price. A few cant steal from millions and get away with it for long.

      Ze Don - 2012-04-12 07:21

      The government has been getting away with stealing from us for 18 years so far...

  • Lennox - 2012-04-12 04:18

    Hail to the cops who did their job for once instead of beating up innocent civilians

  • Dennis - 2012-04-12 04:29

    Jacob, you have left it too late !! Your "do nothing" policy is going to be our downfall !!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-12 05:50

    I love to hear about criminals being taken in, and actually getting huge sentences... i hope these guys rot in jail... and that all that they have confiscated gets auctioned off and goes into something good, like a nursery school or a primary school or even some health care....

      Steven Trollip - 2012-04-12 06:05

      Ag lekker man.Ek laaik dit kwaai...........BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carry - 2012-04-12 06:06


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      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-12 21:45

      You are right, Carry, - please don't shout in CAPS. It hurts.

  • OganneWarona Ramagaga - 2012-04-12 06:46

    Sarita, u are a racist by heart. This is not about colour, it's about corruption that affects everybody. There's nothing special about u white people. U are like everybody else.

      Rob - 2012-04-12 08:16

      Oganne: I am not corrupt and I take great offence at being told that I am the same as everyone else. We are all individuals with rights AND responsibilities, forcing everyone into the same mould is a part of the problem.

      Mikkel - 2012-04-12 12:58

      "U are like everybody else" ????????????!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      Heiku - 2012-04-12 14:59

      "????????????!?!?!?!?!?" ? :)

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-12 06:55

    Rot in jail.

  • Pomene - 2012-04-12 07:08

    It was quite a commotion in the cul de sac where I stay - the bastard is my neighbour and the eatravagant Mercs (SL63,SL55 M#,Range Rover etc) is paraded up and down the Estate - not to talk about the extravagant parties twice a year which blocks the whole road - GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES - HE IRRITATES EVERYONE !!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-12 21:48

      Don't we all have at least one in our neighbourhood?

      Pomene - 2012-04-13 09:06

      @Tania - Feite !!!! Ek is ongelukkig omring deur n paar !!!

  • Victor - 2012-04-12 07:08


  • pws69 - 2012-04-12 07:13

    I heard a story that a certain senior IT person was running a website hosting company using the municipalities infrastructure, adding tens of thousands per month to the connectivity bill. Please investigate this as well.

  • Karl - 2012-04-12 07:17

    Well fraud is fraud let them go to jain,but durring aparheit tenders were only issued to whites,they were also robbing state and no budy could dug it up,so dont blame it on race....

  • Rob - 2012-04-12 07:18

    anc has set the standards of behavior and the ethically principles/ethics by which to live and do business. It has also established examples of appropriate levels of respect for the legal and judicial systems. Under these circumstances what can you expect. The way forward is confiscation of property and public disgrace at the highest levels possible in order to set examples for the country to follow....fat chance I think!

  • Jean - 2012-04-12 07:21

    South African Syllabus. Corruption, Rape

  • tvanrayner1 - 2012-04-12 07:28

    SOLUTION TO CORRUPTION AND THEFT: Dismantle S.A.R.S. And keep our tax money for ourselves. NO MONEY TO STEAL, NO MONEY FOR CORRUPT FATCATS!!!!!

  • Zahir - 2012-04-12 07:32

    Almost every govt depts is being investigated for corruption the system is close to final collapse after 18 yrs

  • Nigel - 2012-04-12 07:34

    Malema next, what will it take for SARS to nail him, hell, we late with our tax return & they want to put us in jail, who suddenly amasses R52 million at the age of 30, with no qualifications or skills & has well known dealings with connected government officials through his so called engineering company that can't build a bridge. We demand SARS takes action, why should we pay our hard earned taxes when the ANC fact cats plunder & steal the country dry, If you don't want your revenue base to dry up SARS, you had better start putting these ANC connected thieves away. its has been years & almost no action has been taken against Malema, whats the problem, who is holding this process up.

  • Ako - 2012-04-12 07:36

    Corruption at its best, thinking that one day we'll ever get any delivery? forget it. We need to admit that we are in bad hands each an every one who's given a opportunity to head any department the first priority is corruption. We no longer a Republic of South Africa but we're a republic of Corription

  • Andrew - 2012-04-12 07:50

    More ANC cadre corruption????

      Mikkel - 2012-04-12 12:59

      All the way Andrew ! !

  • Jayson - 2012-04-12 08:01

    When will people like this realize that sooner or later you WILL be caught!! Is it worth having the good life for a few years. But then having to spend 20 to 30 years in 3 by 4 meter room. With a nice metal door. And you roommates name is big Babba. I just don't get it.

  • Courtney - 2012-04-12 08:07

    I am sorry to say..............they are so rotten to the core!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      tentile - 2012-04-12 10:44

      This people must go to jail.

      tentile - 2012-04-12 10:51

      This people must go to jail.

  • John - 2012-04-12 08:11

    Great job all those concerned. What bothers me though it took a whole year to finally execute the seizures. How long is it going to take before they bring JuJu down?

  • ndlovucl - 2012-04-12 08:13

    Agree with Robert, this is meant to divert our attention from bigger fishes embezzling billions of rands everyday.

  • Rob - 2012-04-12 09:23

    South Africa has massive potential. All examples of corruption, from the top down, are potential tourist attractions. Imagine a situation where a new administration makes it a priority to identify, prosecute, confiscate corruption. Then commission public buildings and parks to commemorate the successes. Might even get to be World Heritage Sites. OK, ok...pass the weed

      alansmartSnr - 2012-10-08 00:42

      ..@ criticallyhonest LOL.. Ja.. Pass it on, I also want some of that stuff.

  • ericsdoms - 2012-04-12 09:42

    1 down...........and many more to go !

  • wbrummer1989 - 2012-04-12 09:46

    we can not go on like this, we need more action to be taken against this thugs.

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-12 10:14

    Flippen Disgraceful! and WHO is PAYING for it? THE F@CKING TAX PAYER!!