Top managers to appear in court for R1.5 billion fraud

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Seven former Tongaat Hullet Limited top management aged between 45 and 68 are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of fraud.

It is alleged that between March 2015 and September 2018 the seven suspects acted in common purpose and allegedly backdated land sale agreements.

KwaZulu-Natal Hawks Spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo police said the fact that sale agreements were backdated had a significant impact on the financial reports of the company. “It also resulted in the incorrect profits being declared and managers receiving huge bonuses. As a result, the company lost approximately R1.5 billion.”

A case of fraud was reported at Durban North police station and the case docket was allocated to Hawks members from Durban Serious Commercial Crime Investigation for further investigation. The suspects were charged with fraud.

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