- A law-firm linked to Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has been named in a leaked letter about companies that allegedly defrauded RAF
- Ndobela and Lamola Inc allegedly failed to get away with defrauding the state entity of at least R2 million
- The damning letter was written by the RAF to the Legal Practice Council on 5 March this year
A law firm linked to Justice Minister Ronald Lamola is in trouble with the law after allegedly failing to get away with defrauding the Road Accident Fund (RAF) of at least R2 million.
The name of the firm, Ndobela and Lamola Inc, appeared in a leaked letter, dated 5 March this year. The letter was written by the RAF to the Legal Practice Council. It showed that the Lamola-linked company was among firm that had allegedly defrauded the state entity.
IOL News reports that RAF has been defrauded of more than R300 million. The publication revealed that Ndobela and Lamola Inc made two quick payments of the money on 16 March after the letter was leaked.
The firm accused the RAF of "creating a storm in a teacup" and claimed the matter had been resolved. The publication added that RAF spokesperson William Maphutha denied the matter had been settled. He said the agency would verify the payments made.
Lamola's spokesperson Chrispin Phiri tweeted a statement denying that the minister was involved in the matter. Chrispin captioned his post:
"Ndobela Lamola Inc has issued a Media Statement. Most notably they make it clear that Minister @RonaldLamola has long resigned from the firm and he is not involved in any aspect of the firms work."
Tweeps took to Chrispin's comment section to share their thoughts on the statement. Check out some of their comments below:
"It would be wise to also post the resignation letter just for clarity."
"He resigned from daily responsibilities but he's the share holder! He benefitted by being a share holder!!"
"The firm paid back the money, did you even read that statement?"
"I don't observe it as fight backs, but cadres are levelling the field, what's happening on the right hand must also be applied on the left."
"There is a register where companies are registered if he was still a member by the time of the allegations then please save us the breath."
"My thought exactly, the refund was only made last month. These payments could have been outstanding when the minister was still active in the practice."
"The faster we realize that we are led by crooks the better. And this notion that when the dirty linen of our favourites comes out we then say its a fight back must stop."
City Press reported that it has seen the email RAF senior legal manager Gontse Baloyi wrote to the Legal Practice Council to institue investigations into the conduct of 102 law firms that owe the RAF a combined R340 million as of 1 March this year.
In other news, Briefly News reported that South African businessman Micheal Lomas was recently arrested by UK authorities following a request by the National Prosecuting Authority Investigating Directorate to have him expedited from the country after he refused to co-operate with local law enforcement and fled for London.
Lomas is one of several businessmen who have been accused of defrauding Eskom out of nearly R800m by manipulating contracts to build two air-cooled condenser units at Kusile power station.
In a statement released by NPA ID spokesperson, Sindiswe Seboka, it was revealed that Lomas was arrested on 15 April this year and subsequently appeared in the Westminister Magistrates Court where he was granted bail for R1.7m.
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