Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown released on parole

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J. Arthur Brown at the offices of the Department of Correctional Services in Cape Town.
J. Arthur Brown at the offices of the Department of Correctional Services in Cape Town.
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  • Convicted fraudster J Arthur Brown has been released on parole.
  • The white-collar criminal was in 2014 sentenced to an effective 15 years behind bars for two fraud charges.
  • News24 understands that Brown was to be taken to his house in Blouberg after his release from the Voorberg Medium B Correctional Centre in Porterville.


Former Fidentia boss J Arthur Brown has been released on parole.

He had been held at the Voorberg Medium B Correctional Centre in Porterville and was released from the department's offices in Cape Town on Thursday morning, dressed in a floral shirt and sporting what appeared to be a fresh haircut.

Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo told News24 on Wednesday that Brown was "due for parole consideration", but would not confirm whether his parole application had been successful or when he would be released.

On Thursday, he confirmed Brown’s release.

Nxumalo said the decision had been taken by the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board, “having assessed Brown’s profile and other material submitted for the purposes of parole consideration".

Brown was classified as a first-time offender with a "positive support system".

Nxumalo said the end of the minimum detention period for Brown was 2 August 2019, but that he had not been placed on parole at the time as there "was a need for further profiling".

Nxumalo said: 

Brown takes responsibility for the offences he committed and is remorseful. Having completed all the identified programmes as per his correctional sentence plan, Brown was assessed and reports by specialists recommended parole placement.

"The Victim Offender Dialogue programme is to continue as there is a need to reach out to all his secondary victims. Brown will complete the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections, whereby he is expected to comply with specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until his sentence expires on 2 December 2028," he said.

News24 understands that Brown was to be taken to his house in Blouberg.

The white-collar criminal was in 2014 sentenced to an effective 15 years behind bars for two fraud charges after the Supreme Court of Appeal set aside his previous sentence handed down by the Western Cape High Court. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) appealed the R150 000 fine and suspended sentence handed to him in May 2013.

Brown had approached the Constitutional Court, which had dismissed his application.

He was convicted for his handling of investments between 2002 and 2006 for the Transport Education and Training Authority and the Mantadia Asset Trust Company (Matco).

Fin24 at the time reported that the lion’s share of missing money was over R1 billion from the Living Hands Umbrella Trust, previously known as Matco.

The trust paid money from a mineworkers’ provident fund to widows and orphans of workers killed in mine accidents.


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