Former Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele Charged with Corruption, Fraud and Money Laundering
The former transport minister appeared before Durban’s Specialized Commercial Crimes Court in a rare spectacle.
He was answering to charges of fraudulently soliciting money to facilitate eNaTis contracts. Among the charges were, contravention of Public Finance Management Act, fraud, corruption, and money laundering.
Based on a preliminary indictment, over R10 million was allegedly wired to Mr. Ndebele’s Bank account. The money was transferred between October-2010 and September-2012 from Sinosa . During that period, Mr. Ndebele was the minister in charge of transport. Sinosa is a construction company believed to have benefited from eNaTis contracts.
Devoid of any lawful authority, involved in the transactions, the state could only take the payments as gratification token. Besides, without formal disclosure of such payments, as stated in the Executive Members’ Ethics Act, Corruption Act automatically comes into play. However, Mr. Ndebele was released on a bail of R10,000. His case was pushed to the 20th July 2016.
Former minister Sbu Ndebele was charged alongside Mr. George Mahlalela, former transport’s Director General. Others were Gilbert Thwala, Sibusiso Ncube and Tebogo Mphuthi. Accused companies were, Data Force Trading(Tasima), Sinosa Construction, Brand Partners, and Mandate Strategy Roadmap and Delivery.