NPA seizes assets worth R31.8m

Johannesburg - The NPA has seized assets worth about R31.8m belonging to a Taiwanese woman who allegedly defrauded the City of Cape Town, it said on Monday.

"The assets restrained involve about 14 immovable properties, four motor vehicles and monies in 16 bank accounts of the defendant and her family relatives who benefited from the tenders, as set out in the application papers," National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Nathi Mncube said in a statement.

He said the NPA's Western Cape Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) obtained a restraint order on 19 August authorising it to seize the assets belonging to the woman, now a South African citizen, and entities owned by her five relatives.

Mncube said the matter involved three contracts valued at approximately R67.8m the woman procured from the city through her business entity.

She allegedly defrauded the municipality by not disclosing that her business partner in the company awarded the tenders worked for the social development department. The tenders precluded applications in which state employees were involved.

"The state official involved in the business entity that tendered with the city was a certain coloured female employee of the department of social development," Mncube said.

She was allegedly recruited to earn higher points in the tender bidding process, due to the provisions of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act.

Mncube said a whistle-blower brought the matter to the city's attention.

Forensic investigations by the city revealed the woman was not honest in her application papers for the tenders, when asked whether her company involved a state official.

Mncube said it was clear in the application forms that business entities employing state officials were precluded from tendering for contracts.

Mncube said a curator bonis had been appointed to take charge of the assets pending finalisation of the matter.

The woman and her company face fraud charges. The matter would be heard in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court when the AFU filed its application on 26 September.

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Kosmonooit 2014/08/25 02:58:23 PM
'Preferential Procurement' opens the doors to all sorts of abuse and corruption, and this is typical. Good old Merit is the only answer.
Gaby Hide 2014/08/25 03:03:54 PM
Nice to see ONE caught & punished for a change.
Frank Jordaan 2014/08/25 03:04:48 PM
Now what about the assets of the MEC in KZN whose husband benefited from huge contracts as well as those of the Chief Whip of the ANC whose wife is up for fraud charges in the Eastern Cape or are there different rules applicable to them????
Greg 2014/08/25 03:10:34 PM
Great stuff
planet leon 2014/08/25 03:13:20 PM
Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu 2014/08/25 04:03:13 PM
Big up @ Jan Vermaak; I was also thinking along those lines that the whistle blower is only blowing the whistle now because s/he was promised a cut for keeping her mouth shut and s/he didn't get what was promised; next thing we gonna hear that s/he is dead. Ja, it has been declared that "South Africa is for everyone who live in it" Down the drain; here we going.
SCHOOL-BOY ERROR 2014/08/25 04:03:47 PM
And the 'certain coloured woman' is ................... Patricia De Zille
JAbu Radebe 2014/08/25 04:08:06 PM
y cant the same be done to the president and his family?