“The suspect unlawfully made a false statement by stating that another person was driving the said vehicle as it was involved in an accident.”
THE HAWKS’ Serious Corruption Investigating unit has served a 63-year-old suspect with a summons for alleged fraud, corruption and perjury.
Hawks provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said yesterday that it was alleged that during February 2009 the suspect unlawfully, falsely and with intent to defraud, misrepresented himself to the Department of Minerals and Energy that he was duly mandated as the representative of Theta Mining (Pty) Limited.
“He further stated that Theta Mining had resolved to sign a contract with Els Sand en Grondverskuiwing CC, where the latter was to conduct all prospecting activities at Drooge Veldt in Barkly West.”
According to Mnisi, it is further alleged that the suspect claimed that the Vaalbos Community Trust, its trustees and/or its directors had given him authority to enter into an agreement on their behalf with Els Sand en Grondverskuiwing CC to conduct exploration activities and or mine at Drooge Veld.
“The suspect, who is an employee of Theta Mining and a trustee of the Vaalbos Community Trust, unlawfully and intentionally accepted R1.5 million and the exclusive personal use of an Els Sand en Grondverskuiwing CC vehicle for his benefit by pretending to have mandate of the Vaalbos Community Trust for the latter to acquire sole right to conduct prospecting activities and mining at Drooge Veldt,” Mnisi said.
“As investigations continued, the Hawks during April 2009, in an affidavit discovered that the suspect unlawfully made a false statement by stating that another person was driving the said vehicle as it was involved in an accident.”
The suspect is expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on March 31, 2020.