Convicted fraudster played role in major SA-South Sudan oil deal

Convicted fraudster played role in major SA-South Sudan oil deal

- A lawyer involve in South Africa's oil deal with South Sudan has been found to have ad a criminal record

- The lawyer was found guilty of impersonating a US politician, among other crimes

- His exact role in the multi-billion-Rand oil deal is not yet known

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A lawyer who was involved in a lucrative oil deal South Africa signed with South Sudan this year has been revealed to have committed extensive fraud.

The lawyer, Njock Ajuk Eyong, has been accused of money-laundering and impersonating a US congressman, among other charges.

Eyong was part of a R14.5-billion deal between the governments of South Africa and South Sudan for oil resources.

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Former energy minister Jeff Radebe signed the deal earlier this year, has gathered. He travelled to South Sudan to meet with officials, where the deal was finalised.

Not much information regarding the deal has been made public, but it is believed that, by that point, the South African state had already spent several million Rand in pursuit of the deal.

In the months since, Jeff Radebe has not returned to Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet and has resigned as an MP altogether. 

It is unclear what role Eyong played exactly in securing this deal. However, according to the Mail & Guardian, Eyong has been implicated in several crimes. For example, he was convicted in 2007 of impersonating his former boss, US politician, Donald Payne.

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Eyong's involvement in the deal raises questions concerning how a person with such a criminal record was able to be involved in South African deal-making at such a high level.

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