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A spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) told reporters on Friday that one of the defendants had been caught smuggling money from a holding cell and that further charges were expected against him.


According to Ngwema, three other people were arrested and charged who would be in the dock with the defendants when they next appeared. NPA spokesman Phaladi Supu said the asset loss unit would seek the assets to which the suspects were tied.    Show Source Texts

The seven suspects involved in the controversial multi-million rand asbestos testing project were arrested this week in connection with a state tender for asbestos testing worth R255 million.


The seven defendants, including former government officials and businessmen, appeared in the court on Friday and face charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and theft. The first seven defendants and five companies were released on bail, but their assets were seized by the wealth management unit.   Show Source Texts


The acting head of the National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) in Mpumalanga (Mpumalanga) appeared before the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Wednesday on corruption charges along with Kebone Masange, head of the Human Settlements Division in the province and a lieutenant colonel of the Falcons.


Six of the seven people arrested on Wednesday were members of the Priority Crime Directorate (Hawks), which coordinates operations in KwaZulu-Natal, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.


The former Minister of State Security, Robert Burwise, Patrick Donald Chirwa, Harrington Sizwakhendaba, Dhlamini Blessing, Mduduzi Singwane, David Boy Dube, Sipho Joel Bongo Vusi, Willem Magagula Bongani, Louis Henry Sibiya, Elmon Lawrence, Mdaka Sibongile and Mercy Mercy were charged with corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering in violation of the Public Finance Act, city press reported.    Show Source Texts


Former ANC deputy Vincent Smith appeared in court charged with fraud and corruption in connection with money he received from Bosasa, News24 reported. A couple from Polokwane, aged 33 and 44, were arrested by the Falcons and charged with "fraud and corruption" amounting to R2 million.


National Law Enforcement Agency (NPA) spokesman Sipho Ngwema confirmed that suspect number three of the controversial asbestos project Free State tried to bribe officials on Wednesday after his arrest.    Show Source Texts

In its indictment, the state alleges that SODI, John Matlakala, head of Supply Chain Management at MEC Mlamleli and Human Settlements Director General Thabane Zulu had no legal obligation to disclose deviations or non-compliance with department rules, regulations, PFMA and financial regulations or disclose personal or business relationship with SODA or any of the companies in which they were involved or owned.


It is claimed that Magashule accepted a payment of R 30,000 ($0,0) in June 2015 to be paid by S.W. C. Nkate Mpambani at his request. He also failed to report the corrupt transaction in violation of the Corrupt Activities Prevention and Control Act 12 of 2004, the NPA said.    Show Source Texts


According to the indictment, on March 18 the Chief Prosecutor Andrew Mphanga was offered R5000 in cash and an 18-year-old bottle of Glenfiddich whisky in order to persuade him to withdraw the charges against the head of the Human Settlements division in the province of Kebone Masange.


A subsequent investigation was launched by the Special Investigation Unit, which referred the matter to the NPA. Magashule is also alleged to have accepted R 470,000 00 from Magashule in June 2015 paid for an M-Tag system and the purchase of 200 electronic tablets from Mpambani on his request.    Show Source Texts


The ANC General Secretary and his 15 co-defendants will face a Bloemfontein Supreme Court judge in August on allegations of fraud, theft, corruption, money laundering and more.


As part of the criminal investigation against the members of the Free State, the Hawks, the Free State Office, the DPP and others, the NPA, the SCCU and the AFU, there are allegations of fraud worth R255 million committed by the appointment of Blackhead Consultants to assess and remove asbestos from roofs.    Show Source Texts


Alongside Magashule were Pheagane Edwin Sodi, Johannesburg businessman and Blackhead Consulting owner in the Department of Free State Human Settlements (FSDHS).

Mahlomola John Matlakala, Fourways businessman Sello Joseph Radebe, Pretoria businessman Abel Kgotso Manyeki, former director general of the National Department of Human Settlement Thabane Wiseman Zulu and former MEC for human settlement of the Free State and former Mayor of Manga Magashula was followed by Sodi (47), head of FSDHS, Mahlamola, Nthimotse Mokhesi (61), head of supply chain management at FSDHs, Matlaksala (42), Radebed (56), Manyeki (38), Wiseman (53) and Mlamlli (63).    Show Source Texts


The seven are accused of fraud, theft, attempted theft, corruption, violation of the Act 12 / 2004 on prevention and suppression of corrupt activities, money laundering and violation of Act 121 / 1998 on prevention of organised crime as well as violations of various asbestos laws under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 85 / 1993.


A spokesman for the National Prosecutor's Office, Sipho Ngwema said: 'The seven defendants are charged with five companies: Blackhead Consulting, Diamond Hill Trading 71 Pty Ltd, 605 Consulting Solutions Pty Ltd, Mastertrade 232 Pty ltd and Ori Group Pty ltd.


The accused are accused of fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering, as well as breaches of the asbestos regulations, with charges of offences against organised crime and the prevention of crime.    Show Source Texts


The Asset Forfeiture Unit ( AFU ) has started the valuing of seized properties after issuing an asset freeze order worth R300 million against seven people facing numerous charges in an asbestos corruption case in the state who were released on bail on Friday at the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court.


The work of the Free State Human Settlements Department, which paid 51 million rupees to businessman Edwin Sodi's firm Blackhead Consultants for a dodgy asbestos testing project, became entangled in corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering.


An amount of R230 million was paid to the original contractor, Sodi, who is also a director of Blackhead, to obtain the remaining 25 million rupees from Diamond Hill in court.    


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Human Settlements Division NPA National Law Enforcement Agency Ngwema Phaladi Supu

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