SIU Seizes R18m Worth of Assets from Former Transnet Exec, Including 35 Cars

SIU Seizes R18m Worth of Assets from Former Transnet Exec, Including 35 Cars

- The Special Investigating Unit has seized R18 million worth of assets from Herbert Msagala, former Transnet executive

- The R18 million worth of assets were relinquished to the State as confirmed by the SIU in a statement earlier this week

- The assets seized include 35 luxury cars and five properties, including farms and houses in gated communities

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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has entertained a unique tribunal order calling on former Transnet executive Herbert Msagala and his Trusts to appear in relation to denying an application for leave.

On 17 November 2020, despite Msagala's reluctance, the Special Tribunal confirmed a preservation order with a value of more than R18 million.

In a statement made on Wednesday, the SIU confirmed that the Special Tribunal had further stated that Msagala’s assets, worth R18 million, shall be relinquished to the State.

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SIU R18m assets, lux cars, former Transnet exec
The Special Investigating Unit has seized R18 million worth of assets from former Transnet executive Herbert Msagala. Image: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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According to BusinessTech, the SIU stated that it had gone to the Special Tribunal in an attempt to seek the final forfeiture of assets which were joined together through an order of preservation. The report continued by saying that the pipeline's construction was awarded to IGS Consulting.

It has been alleged that Msagala was involved in activities deemed unlawful with IGS Consulting.

A report by MyBroadband stated that the assets that were relinquished to the state include five properties, including two farms and houses in gated estates, as well as 35 luxury vehicles.

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Previously, Briefly News reported that the organisation AfriForum requested that Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize step aside while the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) continues its probe into the issues surrounding the minister and an alleged contract given to his associates.

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AfriForum stated that it had sent a complaint to the Public Protector on Tuesday, 25 March, asking for Mkhize to step aside during the investigation. Reports say that at the beginning of the week, the Health Department revealed that there were irregularities found in the contract awarded to Digital Vibes.

The R82 million contract is still under investigation by the SIU. AfriForum is not the only organisation calling Mkhize out. The South African Council of Churches (SACC) also noted that the contract had pointed to abuse of public funds.

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