Majali, ‘Master’, ‘deputy’ and ‘doctor’ to appear in court

Businessman Sandile Majali and three others were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today on charges of fraud.

Majali, Haralambos Sferopoulous, Stephan Khoza and Elvis Bongani Ndala stand accused of changing the directorship of mining company Kalahari Resources.

The accused allegedly removed Kalahari Resources’ two directors – Brian Amos Mashile and his sister, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi – from the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office database in August.

The two siblings had to bring an urgent interdict before the High Court in Johannesburg to get themselves reinstated as directors of the company.

At the last appearance, the court ordered, on the state’s request, that Majali’s three co-accused be sent for mental observation.

They are all listed on the internet as directors of the “South African Community Government Union (Sacgu)”. Its website, www.sacgu.org, carries bizarre graphs and pictures.

According to the website, Khoza is the “Master” of Sacgu, Ndala the “deputy” and “doctor” Sferopoulous is in charge of “economics”.

An extract from the website’s home page says Sacgu’s tasks include “overseeing the multinational people of the Republic of South Africa, united by the common fate of our land, establishing human rights and freedoms, civic peace and accord, preserving the historical established state unity, proceeding from the universally recognised state principles of equality and self-determination of peoples”.

Kalahari Resources owns a 40% stake in Kalagadi Manganese, the mining company developing an R11 billion manganese mine and sinter plant in the Northern Cape, as well as a smelter at Coega.

The Industrial Development Corporation owns 10% of Kalagadi Manganese, while steel producer ArcelorMittal owns the remaining 50% stake.

Majali came into the public eye following his role in the so-called Oilgate saga, which saw him “donate” R11 million of national oil company PetroSA’s funds to the ANC ahead of the 2004 elections.

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