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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 20:03

AFU seizes properties and bank accounts valued over R43m linked to DRC embassy.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) secured a forfeiture order to the value of over R43 million in relation to corruption committed by Brigadier Ngoy Timothee Makwamba.

Makwamba was assigned by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a defence attache' to South Africa.

He is facing charges of fraud and theft after a failed arms sale with Denel.

The order, which includes four properties and two bank accounts, one of which had a balance of R35m was served on Tuesday.

One property is in Centurion Golf Estate which was registered under him in Centurion Golf Estate.

The second property which was registered under him, his children, Milleno Timothee Ngoy, and Ngoy Glo-Glo Gloria was at the Falcons situated in Eastwood at Kilberry, Pretoria.

There was also another property in Hokaai Sectional Scheme, Pretoria in the names of Eustache Monga and Nkulu Julie Kilumba.

Lastly in Johannesburg, there was a house in Northcliff registered in the name of Bokomo Bokondo.

In a statement released by the NPA's Regional Spokesperson for Gauteng, Lumka Mahanjana, it says one of the duties assigned to Makwamba by the Ministry of Defence of the DRC was to purchase weapons from the Denel Group.

The Denel Group is a state-owned, commercially driven company and strategic partner for innovative defence, security, and related technology solutions in South Africa.

The DRC embassy made a payment of R49,6 million to Denel. However, the order could not processed, and it was arranged to pay the money back to the embassy.

In December 2022, the DRC government terminated Makwamba's contract. He subsequently unlawfully represented himself to Denel as the delegated representative of DRC.

In April 2023, as a signatory of the Defence account, he provided Denel with an account from Johan van Heerden Attorneys, where R49.6 million was paid back.

Mahanjana says the funds were later transferred to several bank accounts, wherein he purchased properties and some in his children's names.

"Investigations by the Financial Intelligence Centre revealed the flow of funds, which led to the identification of two bank accounts.

"Today, the Sheriff, accompanied by Curator Bonis, as well as representatives of AFU, attended to the four properties to serve the preservation; the four properties are now under the control of Curator Bonis.

"The next step is to apply for the final forfeiture order. After obtaining the final forfeiture order, the properties will be sold at a public auction, and the money will be returned to the DRC, added Mahanjana."