R400 million SA Express corruption case postponed

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Molopo Magistrates’ Court postponed the case against  Tebogo Van Wyk (40), Nothando Dube (44), Sipho Levy Phiri (39) Thabang Mohlokoleng (54) and three companies, Batsamai Investment Holdings, Sevilex Investment Holdings and Lavao, Estevao (PTY) Ltd, to 30 March 2023.

They were arrested by the North West’s Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation in Gauteng and Mahikeng, respectively, on 29 September 2022. They are facing 34 counts, including fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.  Van Wyk was granted R500 000 bail, R35 000 for Dube, R150 000 for Phiri and R50 000 for Mohlokoleng.

North West NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame said their bail conditions are that they should not evade court on the next appearance, refrain from interfering with witnesses, and inform the investigating officer should they wish to leave their area of jurisdiction.

The North West government allegedly appointed S.A Express as a service provider, to render the service but this was done without following the proper supply chain management processes. “The irregularly secured agreement is said to have been signed by the four accused”.

Mamothame added that the case was recommended for investigation by the Zondo Commission, and the DPCI will continue the investigations as recommended. “This will be conducted in phases, with a possibility of more charges and arrests being affected”.

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