R50 000 bail for fraud sus­pect

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A ZAM­BIAN busi­ness­man ac­cused of fraud was re­leased on bail of R50 000 yes­ter­day when he ap­peared soon af­ter his ar­rest in the Bel­lville Spe­cialised Com­mer­cial Crimes Court.

Muke­labai Kerry Sishumba ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Sab­rina Sonnenberg. Prose­cu­tor Den­ver Com­brink told the court that he and de­fence at­tor­ney Shahied Schreuder agreed to the bail amount.

Sishumba, who faces 35 counts of fraud in­volv­ing R1 704 891 and one vi­o­la­tion of the Refugees Act, was not asked to plead and was warned to ap­pear in court again on Septem­ber 4.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Sishumba was the sole di­rec­tor of Mosi- Oa- Tunya En­gi­neer­ing Group (MEG). Its main busi­ness was de­scribed as “elec­tric­ity, gas, steam and hot wa­ter sup­ply”.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, MEG was not reg­is­tered with the Com­pa­nies and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Com­mis­sion. The charge sheet lists seven re­quire­ments and six prin­ci­ples to which MEG had to ad­here to qual­ify as a ser­vice provider to the Western Cape govern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the al­lo­ca­tion of projects to ser­vice providers was based on their sta­tus as pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als and on the depart­ment’s pref­er­en­tial pro­cure­ment im­ple­men­ta­tion plan.

MEG was to ren­der elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices to the trans­port and pub­lic works de­part­ments. Sishumba al­legedly falsely in­di­cated that he had the nec­es­sary elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and that he had a num­ber of qual­i­fied elec­tri­cal engi­neers in his em­ploy. He al­legedly falsely in­di­cated that he was reg­is­tered and in good stand­ing with the var­i­ous statu­tory bod­ies, as con­tem­plated in the de­part­men­tal pre­scripts. – Sapa

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