The High Court in Pretoria has issued a preservation order of properties in Limpopo belonging to former chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission Professor Alfred Nevhutanda. This includes a Rolls-Royce Phantom worth R6.3 million as well as properties in Makhado and Polokwane.
The SIU also obtained a preservation order for Nevhutanda’s Waterkloof property valued at R27 million in June last year.
The preservation order also prevents the accused from selling or transferring the properties.
“The High Court order is to preserve four properties in Polokwane and Louis Trichardt. Three luxury vehicles (Rolls-Royce Phantom, BMW G30 520d Series Sedan, and BMW 7 Series Sedan M760 Li xDrive), with a combined value of approximately R14 million,” said the SIU in a statement.
“The properties are preserved pending an application for a forfeiture order and registered owners are interdicted from dealing in any manner with the frozen properties. The 28 September 2023 preservation order was also granted in terms of section 38 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 120 of 1998.”
PROPERTIES LINKED TO PROFESSOR ALFRED NEVHUTANDA TO BE ATTACHED
In terms of the High Court order, the following assets are preserved:
Office Park in Polokwane, Limpopo: The property was purchased in November 2015 for R1 005 480. A total of R264 400 and R741 080 stolen NLC funds were transferred to pay for the property. The stolen funds originated from grant funding of R80 million paid by the NLC to Community Development Organisation Lulamisa for hosting the Commonwealth Games in Durban. Lulamisa was hijacked to apply for the grant. The property was registered in the name of 2SP Investment Trust, a trust founded by Ntshengedzeni Alfred Nevhutanda, Chairperson of the NLC board at the time.
FARM AND VACANT LAND AMONGST SOME ITEMS
Vacant land in Louis Trichardt, Limpopo: The property was purchased in July 2017 for R750,000. A total of R600 000 and R20 961 stolen NLC funds were transferred to a conveyancing firm to pay the property. The stolen funds originated from grant funding of R23 720 000 paid by the NLC to the Nunnovation Africa Foundation NPC, to facilitate sports tournaments. The property was registered in the name of Fhulufhelo Promise Kharivhe, who is the live-in partner of Mokondeleli Collin Tshisimba. Both Kharivhe and Tshisimba are implicated in the first NLC preservation orders, where properties purchased with stolen NLC funds were registered in their names.
Portion of a farm in Brakspruit, Limpopo: The property was purchased in September 2017 for R780 000. A total of R750 000 and R30 000 stolen NLC funds were transferred to pay for the property. The stolen funds originated from grant funding of R9.5 million paid by the NLC to Limpopo Recreation Providers NPO for promoting cycling in Limpopo. When the NLC followed up on the project, they could not find the NPO at the address supplied in the application form. The NPO was subsequently declared delinquent as they did not provide the NLC with progress reports. The property was registered in the name of Tshisimba.
MORE PROPERTIES BELONGING TO FORMER LOTTERY CHAIR ATTACHED
Erf 2580 Louis Trichardt Extension 11: The property was purchased in September 2019 for R900 00, a total of R700 000 and R200 000 stolen NLC funds used for payment of the property. The stolen funds originated from grant funding of R10 million paid by the NLC to Light Up Your World Foundation NPO (Light Up). Light Up was also hijacked to apply for an NLC grant. The property was registered in the name of Twala Front, a private company also with Kharivhe as its sole director.
SOME OF THE CARS TO BE ATTACHED
BMW G30 520d Series Sedan: The BMW was bought in July 2017 for R995 000. A total of R595 000 stolen NLC funds was transferred to BMW Finance to settle the outstanding balance on the vehicle. The stolen NLC funds originated from grant funding of R23 720 000 paid by the NLC to Nunnovation NPO for promoting a healthy lifestyle and constructing a gymnasium. The BMW was registered in the name of Kharivhe.
BMW 7 Series Sedan M760 Li xDrive: The BMW was purchased in September 2017 for R2.8 million. A total of R1 million stolen NLC funds was paid towards the BMW as a deposit. The BMW was registered in the name of Meshack Makhubela, also the son-in-law of Nevhutanda.
ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM BELONGING TO PROFESSOR ALFRED NEVHUTANDA
Rolls-Royce Phantom: The Rolls-Royce was purchased in August 2016 by Nevhuthanda for R6.3 million. Over R4.5 million of stolen NLC funds was transferred to the dealership in five payments towards the purchase price of the Rolls-Royce. The first payment of R1 million originated from an NLC grant payment of R55.4 million to Tshikovha Graduate Academy to train the community about environment, water, and sanitation. The second payment of R1 million originated from an NLC grant payment of R24,9 million to the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee for promoting and developing high performance sports.
The third payment of R574 185.13 originated from an NLC grant payment of R25 million to Simba Community Development Foundation NPO, for rebuilding a secondary school torched in Vuwani Village during community protests. The fourth and fifth payments of R1 million each originated from an NLC grant payment of R80 million to Lulamisa. The Rolls-Royce was registered in the name of Malwandla Solly Siweya, aka Rirhandzu Siweya (Siweya), who is also one of the “new” members of the hijacked Lulamisa. Lulamisa contributed the last R2 million towards the purchase price of the Rolls-Royce, so Siweya must have known that the R2 million originated from NLC funds.