A corruption case of former ANC-KZN leader Mike Mabuyakhulu and 15 other people began last week at the Supreme Court in Durban in connection with the alleged payment of 28 million rupees for the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival, which never took place.
Mabayakhulu, along with his co-defendants and their companies, are charged with money laundering and corruption in connection with money laundering. Alongside him are Empangeni Ceaser, Walter Mkhize, Mabheleni Ntuli, Mzwandile Basil, Ninela Nonhlanhla, Brenda Ninela, Nothando Lorraine, Zungu Ntokozo, Ndlovu Njabulo and Mbongwe M Khize, all of whom were arrested last year on the same charges. Show Source Texts
Mike Mabuyakhulu, chairman of the interim committee of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and seven provincial businessmen are scheduled to face charges at the Economic Criminal Court in Durban on Wednesday, including money laundering and corruption.
The four men and seven women, as well as seven businessmen and one woman from the state, face trial on Friday on a variety of charges, including money laundering, corruption and money laundering. Show Source Texts
Bongani Shezi, the former finance chief of the Economic Development and Tourism Department told the court that he had been ordered to pay the rest 2.6 million rupees to Soft Skills Communications 100 CC to organise events in the Netherlands.
Mike Mabuyakhulu, the chief organizer of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC Interim Committee, will appear alongside Ceaser, Walter Mkhize, Mabheleni Ntuli Mzwandile, Basil Ninela Nonhlanhla, Brenda Ninela Nothando, Lorraine Zungu, Ntokozo Ndlovu and Njabulo Mbongwe-Mkhize. Show Source Texts
The state alleged that Zungu was not authorized by the MPM to act on his behalf, and that Soft Skills was not authorized to invoice him. The company Mabuyakhulus, which is accused of paying for the North Sea Jazz Festival, was behind the cancellation of the event in 2012.
For the 2.8 million rupees paid by the ministry to Soft Skills Communications, Mabayakhulu allegedly received 300,000 rupees from his personal bank account to Maqhoboza Traders CC. Show Source Texts
In a letter claiming she had authorised MPM to act on her behalf, Zungu wrote that she had paid Soft Skills an amount of 697,000 rupees for activating the festival, but not to the company.
The corruption trial against the ANC in Kwa-Zulu-Natal has taken an ugly turn. The co-accused Mabuyakhulus played a role in a plot to extort 28 million rupees from their former department from 2012 to 2013 for the cancellation of the 2012 North Sea Jazz Festival. Show Source Texts
A week later, they reached an agreement to host the festival. The company was awarded the contract and Naadhira Mitha, a former deputy cabinet minister of Mkhize, appointed a minister in the Mkhize department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (COGTA) office. Both the company and Mabuyakhulu, the former MEC of KwaZulu-Natal, are accused of paying for the cancellation of the festival. Show Source Texts
In his affidavit, former board member William Steenkamp said that no inappropriate offers of resignation were made to board members in exchange for board positions in other state-owned companies.
At an earlier court appearance, Mabuyakhulu's lawyer, Jimmy Howse, said his client faced six of the 77 charges, which amounted to 300,000 rupees, suggesting his case was separate from the rest.
In February this year, a report by the Daily Mavericks "Scorpio Investigation Unit revealed that the communications company Digital Vibes had appointed Mkhize, a longtime personal spokesman, as its former private secretary and adviser to work on its projects for the Department of Communications Services during COVID-19. Show Source Texts
The owner of a spiritual retreat in Magaliesberg was the first witness to appear in the trial of Guatemalan murder suspect Diego Novella. At this stage, Nvella has not been charged with murdering his girlfriends.
According to a note attached to the indictment, which was recorded in the Special Economic Crimes Tribunal, Judge P. Naidoo and Prosecutor Nolwazi Letsholo said that the case against Ebrahim was a fraud with an actual loss of R6m. Show Source Texts
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was set up to combat fraud and corruption in the construction sector. Durban High Court judge Dhaya Pillay said the contract was impractical and insulting.
The Transnet contract for the IT company T-Systems was extended for two years, a decision that was later upheld by the Supreme Court. Show Source Texts
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