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Nelson Mandela funeral CORRUPTION: Accused back in court on Tuesday

The accused in the multi-million rand Nelson Mandela funeral scandal are expected to make an appearance in the High Court in Bisho, the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, 3 May 2022.

Those implicated include the province’s former Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, former Buffalo City speaker Luleka Simon Ndzele and former Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha. The state had been scheduled to present its case to the court back in April, but this was hampered by interlocutory applications by some of the accused.

The accused face several charges including fraud, money laundering and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act. This is in connection with the use of R10 million, which was allegedly embezzled from the Buffalo City Metro during the memorial and funeral of former President Nelson Mandela in 2013.

The NPA claims Gomba and other accused tricked the municipality into availing the millions and ended up siphoning off R6 million of those funds.


One of those implicated in the corruption is businessman Dean Fanoe, whose company Mantella Trading 522 CC was paid R1.3 million to supply the ANC with 20 000 T-shirts. Fanoe claims he was not aware that the monies he received had been siphoned off and recently granted a separate trial.

In December 2014, another service provider in the Nelson Mandela funeral scandal, Mzwandile Sokwali and his company, Victory Ticket, pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering. He was fined R100 000 and given a five year suspended sentence.

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The NPA had alleged that Sokwali had agreed with one of the accused to submit an inflated quotation for the transportation of mourners to various venues.


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