- Five KwaZulu-Natal judges are facing a probe over money-laundering allegations
- However, the investigation is being led by a British human rights activist, not local authorities
- Briefly.co.za explores how the judicial officials caught heat all the way from overseas
British human rights activist Justin Lewis is currently leading a probe into allegations of a R28 trillion (a year) money-laundering ring.
Five KwaZulu-Natal judges have come under the spotlight for allegedly promoting this illicit behaviour, reports IOL.
Lewis' group CASISA claims that the judges would green-light the rights to liquidate companies indebted to international financial institutions without proof.
The government in the United Kingdom is now investigating money laundering by people in cahoots with UK financial institutions.
With the probe launched three years ago, the South African leg of the alleged syndicate is now being explored.
The Cape Town High Court has since been handed an application to take on the allegedly corrupt judges:
“The facilitation of liquidation of SA companies by judges without demanding proof of the loan from the petitioning creditor of the international loan is tantamount to promoting money laundering. Any petitioning creditor must prove the debt in court when applying for liquidation. Certain banks in the UK have been identified as being involved in this crime with employees behind this crime."
Briefly.co.za gathered that a British businessman who moved to KZN has been fighting a legal battle over the liquidation of his company by the judges involved:
“The bank bought a shelf company for me for £4 100 (R76 800). The judges approved the liquidation without asking for contractual agreement or even loan documents. I’ve been fighting this here in South Africa for too long now."
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's spokesperson Nathi Mncube has declined to comment on the situation but the matter has been handed over to the Hawks by the SAPS.
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