Tue Sep 26 07:44:49 CAT 2017

Juju crony's farm seized

2012-12-10 12:00:07.0 | Sapa |

A FARM in Limpopo that is part of an investigation into On-point Engineers has been seized after the High Court in Pretoria granted a freezing order.

CONNECTION: Julius Malema is involved too. Picture by Elijar Mushiana

"The order (granted on Wednesday and) was served this morning (Friday)," NPA spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi says in a statement.

It was served on Gwama Properties, the registered owner of Schuilkraal farm, and its sole director Lesiba Gwangwa.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit made the court application for the seizure of property based on a probe by the Hawks and two independent reports into On-Point's activities by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The court accepted the unit's submission that the property was acquired with the proceeds of unlawful activities perpetrated against the department of roads and transport in Limpopo.

Gwangwa is also a director of On-point Engineers and faces charges related to tender fraud and corruption in the Polokwane Regional Court. He appeared in court with axed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who faces money laundering and racketeering charges.

Several others and four companies - On-Point, Gwama Properties, Segwalo Engineering and Oceanside Trading - were charged along with them. Gwangwa was released on R40000 bail.

Court papers reveal that Malema allegedly benefited from corrupt activities amounting to R4m and had "clear business ties" with Gwangwa.

The state charges that Gwangwa and three others misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo transport department and a R52m tender was awarded to On-Point.

Another R1m gratification was paid for the securing of the tender.

Bid documents submitted by On-Point Engineers to the department contain several misrepresentations. Names given as executive and senior people at On-Point were of people not employed by the company.

Malema allegedly benefited from the tender by using it to fund a farm worth R3,9m and to pay R382 655 for a Mercedez Viano. And R1m was part payment for a portion of the Schuilkraal farm by the Ratanang Trust.

Malema's Ratanang Family Trust is an indirect shareholder in On-Point and Gwama Properties, say court papers.

In October, Madonsela found that tenders awarded to On-Point were unlawful and the department did not follow proper guidelines in awarding them.

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