South Africa: Siu places a 42 million ren security contract against NHLS contractors

The Special Court has ordered the Special Investigating Unit and National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) to freeze luxury real estate and funds worth 42 million ren in connection with Johannesburg businessman Hamilton Ndlovu.

This was hot on the heels of a similar historic monument obtained by the South African Revenue Services (SARS) that seized 60 million ren.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) last year investigated allegations of corruption and the circumstances under which eight companies directly and indirectly affiliated with Ndlovu had contracts worth a total of 172 million.

In a statement on Thursday, the SIU said, “The property and money will be held pending a review request filed by the SIU and the NHLS to suspend the procurement transactions and require Mr. Ndlovu and the recipients of the funds to remove the money repay.

“The SIU and NHLS have determined that the transactions were obtained through abuse of the emergency procurement procedures put in place by the NHLS to respond to the COVID-19 disaster in the first half of 2020.”

In relation to the order, Ndlovu and other defendants are prohibited from dealing in any way with the funds and real estate (including selling or transferring or mortgaging the real estate) until the final decision of the review process is made by the SIU and NHLS .

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