The NPA’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the Assets Forfeiture Investigation (AFI) of the Hawks will today attach ANC Amathole regional secretary Teris Ntutu’s properties and that of the deceased Butterworth businessman Sive Nombembe.
This in an effort to recoup some of the taxpayers’ monies lost in the alleged Mnquma Municipality R10-million black refuse tender fraud.
The AFU and AFI will also attach the property of Zanele Mbewu, who was the municipality’s asset manager when the controversial tender was awarded.
The restraint order was granted by the Grahamstown High Court in favour of the AFU, NPA spokesman Luxolo Tyali said.
AFU officials will swoop on two houses worth R1.6-million in Butterworth registered in Nombembe’s name, which are fully paid-up, and flats in Ibika township opposite Walter Sisulu University.
Nombembe’s furniture in the two houses, a Nissan truck, Mitsubishi truck, Ford ranger, a silever Mercedes Benz C290, grey Mercedes Benz Viano, white Isuzu F-series and 11 trailers will also be attached.
Money from his three bank accounts has also been preserved by the AFU and AFI.
Curator Michael Tim Koe has been appointed to take control of the properties pending the outcome of a forfeiture application. Nombembe’s appointed Executor of his estate has been given 14 days to file notice of his/her intention to oppose the making of the forfeiture order.
Zanele Patience Mbewu’s silver Toyota Avanza valued at R115 000 has also been attached. Ntutu’s property to be attached is valued at R250 000.
Mnquma municipality council speaker Zibuthe Mnqwazi received a tender kick-back of R2000 from the late Butterworth businessman Sive Nombembe. This is contained in a draft order granted to the AFU by the Grahamstown High Court.
The AFU have now been given the go ahead to recoup the money from Mnqwazi. The speaker will be served with summons today in this regard, according to Tyali.
Tyali said the speaker will be given an opportunity to contest the allegations made against him in court. Should he fail to do so, the R2000 preserved in his bank account by the AFU will be forfeited to the state, Tyali said.