Bey­ers books ‘dou­blechecked’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CARYN DOLLEY

TWO dif­fer­ent au­di­tors failed to iden­tify any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at the Sea Point es­tate agency at the cen­tre of a fraud scan­dal, ac­cord­ing to com­pany co-founder Bey­ers Swanepoel-Trol­lip.

Yet the com­pany, Bey­ers Realty Group, has since been liq­ui­dated and placed un­der cu­ra­tor­ship.

Swanepoel- Trol­lip said he knew noth­ing about any al­leged fraud be­ing com­mit­ted.

“De­spite my in­struc­tions to do a monthly au­dit, the com­pany’s au­di­tors did not un­cover any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. Nor did an­other set of ex­pe­ri­enced au­di­tors, when check­ing,” he said.

Last month it emerged mil­lions of rands from a Bey­ers Realty Group trust ac­count had al­legedly dis­ap­peared.

Le­nard Swanepoel-Trol­lip, the com­pany’s other co-founder, ap­par­ently left South Africa, leav­ing his part­ner to deal with the mat­ter.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion­has also been launched.

Swanepoel-Trol­lip said the es­tate agency board had been granted an in­terim cu­ra­tor­ship over Bey­ers Realty Group.

By agree­ment, his es­tate agent cer­tifi­cate had not yet been re­turned although he said he “too is an in­no­cent party”.

Last month Swanepoel-Trol­lip an­nounced an ap­pli­ca­tion had been brought be­fore the Western Cape High Court to liq­ui­date the com­pany.

The drama also spilled on to the com­pany’s Face­book page, with one user claim­ing clients’ money was used to fund Swanepoel-Trol­lip’s per­sonal trav­els. caryn. dolley@inl.co.za

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