Tender fraud and corruption case of SANDF general's wife postponed

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General Noel Ndhlovu and his wife, Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu.
General Noel Ndhlovu and his wife, Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu.
  • The wife of an SANDF general has been charged with fraud and corruption relating to the alleged falsifying of tender documents.
  • The matter was postponed after she changed her legal representation.
  • Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu was awarded SANDF tenders to the tune of millions.

The fraud case of the wife of a senior SA National Defence Force (SANDF) general has been postponed to October after she terminated the mandate of her advocate.

Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu briefly appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday for a case related to tenders she scored from the SANDF. She is accused of providing false information and documents as part of the tender process.

News24 previously reported that she received a R24 million tender to transport SANDF equipment from African countries back to South Africa.

She was awarded another contract to transport SANDF equipment back to South Africa to the tune of about R103 million. However, the contract was cancelled because there was no longer a need for the services after soldiers were recalled from the countries. It is alleged that Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu still claimed R30 million on the basis that she had incurred expenses to that value before the cancellation.

READ | SANDF general's wife charged with 'falsifying documents' to score R100m from a transport tender

During her court appearance on Thursday, it was put on record that her advocate withdrew from the matter because she terminated his mandate and briefed someone else. No reason was given for the termination.

The matter was postponed to 4 October, for pre-trial proceedings and to allow her new counsel to prepare.

It was also put on record that the State had furnished the defence with affidavits and information, after a request for further particulars.

The State also informed the court that the charge sheet had been revised in respect of one of the counts of fraud.

Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu has been charged with two counts of fraud and one count of corruption.

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