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Man pleads guilty to corruption and money laundering

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A former employee of Burma Plant Hire pleaded guilty to corruption and money laundering charges in the Postmasburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

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A FORMER employee of Burma Plant Hire, Johan Anton Meyer, 56, pleaded guilty to corruption and money laundering charges in the Postmasburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday.

Hawks spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said Meyer was arrested in December 2020, along with three co-accused, by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team.

She said the former production manager of Kolomela mine at Sishen Iron Ore Company in April 2016 nominated Burma Plant Hire to load and haul final dense medium separation product to the plant production beds.

“The company was awarded a tender to work at Kolomela mine. Between July and December 2016.

“Burma Plant Hire paid a total amount of R203,756, on the instruction of their former chief executive officer, into the accused’s bank account, who then paid it to the former production manager at Kolomela mine to ensure that the company continues to get work at the mine.”

Mnisi stated that Meyer pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years imprisonment or a R60,000 fine for corruption.

“He further received a wholly suspended sentence of five years imprisonment or R60,000 fine for money laundering.”

She added that the case against the three other accused – the former production manager of Kolomela mine, the former CEO of Burma Plant Hire and Burma Plant Hire (the company) – was remanded to September 26 in the Kimberley Commercial Crimes Court.

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