Bally up for R400k fraud



NEL­SON Man­dela’s for­mer lawyer Bally Chuene has been im­pli­cated in a R200m fraud scan­dal.

The case is cur­rently be­fore the High Court. Chuene stands ac­cused of al­legedly grat­i­fy­ing him­self to the tune of more than R400 000 un­der the guise of a salary from Umthombo Re­sources.

But a 50% owner of the com­pany, Ma­todzi Nesongozwi, says he is the per­son au­tho­rised to sanc­tion such ap­point­ments but didn’t do so.

In Novem­ber, it would ap­pear, Chuene was ap­pointed to Umthombo Re­sources – and his name was en­tered as a di­rec­tor on the com­pany’s reg­is­tra­tion forms.

But Nesongonzwi says this was all fraud­u­lent as he made no such ap­point­ment.

On Jan­uary 25, Nesongozwi filed a mo­tion to freeze the com­pany’s bank ac­counts and pre­vented, among oth­ers, Chuene from mak­ing trans­ac­tions on these banks ac­counts.

On Fri­day, the High Court heard this ap­pli­ca­tion, un­op­posed.

Sun­day World un­der­stands that for Novem­ber, his

“first month”, Chuene paid him­self more than R400 000.

Chuene and his for­mer SABC news­reader wife and beauty-queen Au­gus­tine Masilela-chuene hol­i­dayed out­side the coun­try dur­ing the fes­tive break. Sun­day World has also been re­li­ably in­formed that Chuene re­turned the money af­ter the court ac­tion was launched.

Chuene has courted con­tro­versy since his days as Man­dela’s lawyer.

In 2008 Sun­day World broke a story that the Chuenes had al­legedly con­cealed the death by drown­ing of a vis­it­ing child, Bonginkosi Dube, dur­ing a party at their home in Athol, Sandton, the pre­vi­ous year.

An­other eight chil­dren also al­legedly nearly drowned that day.

In an in­ter­view, Bonginkosi’s mother Mil­li­cent claimed the cou­ple failed to re­port the in­ci­dent to the po­lice. She says they ar­ranged for Dube, who was from Natal­spruit, Ekurhu­leni, to be buried at a ceme­tery near El­lis Park sta­dium, Jozi, against her will.

She claimed she’d only found out that the Chuenes’ as­sur­ances that they ’ d re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice were false when she tried to claim from in­sur­ance.

It is un­known how an in­ci­dent that oc­curred in the pres­ence of, among oth­ers, for­mer SABC Group CEO Dali Mpofu and his wife, Mpumi, for­mer SAA CEO Khaya Ngqula and his wife, Mbali, TV pre­sen­ters Uyanda Mbuli and Gerry Els­don, for­mer O Mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Thami Ngubeni and Baset­sana and Romeo Ku­malo could be swept un­der the rug.

Mil­li­cent claimed only “Bassie” had stood by her dur­ing that pe­riod.

The Chuenes re­fused to give their side of the story at the time.

Chuene promised to an­swer Sun­day World’s ques­tions about Umthombo but by the time of go­ing to press he had not done so.

Nesongozwi de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter.


Picture by Muntu Vi­lakazi

SCAM­STER? Bally Chuene’s fraud case is be­ing heard in the High Court.

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