The Asset Forfeiture Unit carried out raids today on the homes and businesses of eight people connected to the North Sea Jazz scandal, with the unit attaching assets worth approximately R12 million. This includes Mike Mabuyakhulu, deputy chair of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.
The AFU conducted similtanious raids on the homes and businesses of the 8 people connected to the North Sea Jazz scandal, attaching assets worth around R12 million in the process.
ANC top dog Mike Mabuyakhulu, deputy chair of the ANC in KZN, was among those who had been raided.
Along with members of the Hawks, the AFU had attached two luxurious sedans from the chair’s home in Empangeni.
Along with the deputy chair Ceaser Walter Mkhize, Mabheleni Ntuli, Mzwandile Basil Ninela, Nonhlanhla Brenda Ninela, Nothando Zungu, Ntokozo Ndlovu and Njabulo Mkhize had been arrested in 2018.
This had been in connection with charges of money laundering and corruption pertaining to R28 million paid for the festival in 2012 which had never taken place.
Mike Mabuyakhulu had been MEC for Economic Development and Tourism at the time of his arrest.
Both the 8 individuals and their businesses are facing 77 charges in the KZN Commercial Crime Court.
Of the 77 charges against the group, 27 are for corruption, 2 are for fraud, 1 is for theft and 46 are for money laundering. There is also a count of contravening the Public Finance Management Act.
All of those accused are currently out on bail and are due to return to court in February. They had allegedly received funding for services pertaining to the festival, despite it being cancelled.
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