Man convicted of selling state land

Johannesburg - A man has been found guilty on 94 counts of fraud relating to the sale of state land, the Gauteng human settlements department said on Thursday.

Richard Zikhali will be sentenced in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Friday for illegally selling state land in Lenasia and Ennerdale, said spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

"The kingpin Richard Zikhali made admissions for his involvement in the crimes and he remains in custody after his arrest in 2010 for defrauding people of millions of rands through illegally selling state land," Motlhaolwa said.

His wife, Hlengiwe Ximba, also pleaded guilty to corruption and was sentenced to six years' imprisonment, three of which were suspended.

Michael Magodola, who also faced 94 counts of fraud, was found not guilty due to admissions made by Zikhali.

Meanwhile, Aaron Mkhabela, who allegedly posed as a department official, will also appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday, for allegedly trying to sell RDP houses and flats in Lehae and Mzimhlope in Johannesburg.

Mkhabela was arrested during a sting operation by the department's anti-fraud and corruption unit, provincial directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation (DPCI) and the Hawks, after a tip-off from prospective buyers in February.

"A complaint was lodged... by the prospective buyer after she paid an amount of R1 300 to the suspect in exchange for an RDP house," Motlhaolwa said.

He appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on 10 February and was granted bail.

In a separate matter, two men were arrested by the department's anti-fraud and corruption unit and the Hawks in July, for their alleged involvement in the illegal sale of state-owned land in Lenasia.

"The two suspects were arrested as they were trying to sell state land in the area to the Hawks investigators," Motlhaolwa said.

David Mofokeng, known as "Lepolisa", and Thabo Moloi were released on R5 000 bail after they appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court.

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Akhenaten 2014/08/14 07:40:43 PM
Clever. There are many ways to kill a cat and the big shots are teaching us the tricks of the trade.
John Greystoke 2014/08/14 07:43:09 PM
At least these people showed entrepreneur ship! Must have learned it from the government!
Petrus Kruger 2014/08/14 08:25:03 PM
At the largest university in the country , they are teaching new first year level BCom students a subject called "sustainability and greed" It seems to be paying super dividends! Oh so how disastrous have we done in the name of transformation !!
Izack Madisa 2014/08/14 08:28:37 PM
thy must also go t deeds office and made investigation about farms owners records and changes of ownerships.
Dino Ferrari 2014/08/14 08:58:02 PM
Mash don't b anti-ANC
Sears Keto 2014/08/18 08:56:35 AM
Are there RDP houses in Oranjezicht?