Es­tate agency co-founder heads for Aus­tralia

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

THE FRAUD saga in­volv­ing an up­mar­ket Sea Point es­tate agency is heat­ing up, with po­lice per­mit­ting its co-founder to leave the coun­try to con­front his busi­ness part­ner who ap­par­ently left him in the lurch be­fore the scan­dal broke.

Bey­ers Swanepoel-Trol­lip, co-founder of Bey­ers Realty Group, trav­elled to Aus­tralia this week to his spouse and fel­low com­pany founder Le­nard Swanepoel-Trol­lip.

Le­nard left South Africa be­fore it emerged last month that mil­lions of rands had al­legedly dis­ap­peared from a com­pany trust ac­count.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched.

Swanepoel-Trol­lip’s de­par­ture this week sparked fear among some Bey­ers Realty Group staffers who were con­cerned he had skipped the coun­try.

But yes­ter­day he said there was noth­ing un­to­ward about his trav­els: “I am on a visit to Aus­tralia to sort out some se­ri­ous is­sues with my spouse.

“The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer was in­formed and con­sulted in ad­vance of my trip and raised no ob­jec­tion.”

Swanepoel- Trol­lip is ex­pected to re­turn to Cape Town on Novem­ber 16.

Af­ter al­le­ga­tions about the al­leged fraud sur­faced, Bey­ers Realty Group was liq­ui­dated and placed un­der cu­ra­tor­ship.

“I have met with and pro­vided doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion to the in­terim cu­ra­tor,” Swanepoel-Trol­lip said.

Ear­lier this month he said two au­di­tors had failed to pick up ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in Bey­ers Realty Group.

Swanepoel- Trol­lip has de­scribed him­self as an “in­no­cent party” in the mat­ter.

caryn.dol­ley@inl.co.za

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