Full list of assets that the state seized from “Asbestos Seven”

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

THE state has attached assets worth hundreds of millions rands, including properties and bank accounts belonging to seven people arrested in connection with fraud and corruption associated with a R255-million asbestos tender.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), pounced and attached the vehicles and properties belonging to the “Asbestos Seven” on the strength of a court order granted by the Bloemfontein High Court. 

The attached cars and the bank accounts are now in the custody  of court appointed curators pending the outcome of the criminal case against the “Asbestos Seven”.

Here is a full list of the properties, houses, luxurious cars, bank and family trust accounts, household goods and shareholding that have been attached. 

EDWARD SODI (47): Businessman. Out on bail of R500 000:

  • A property at 508 Hole In One Avenue, Ruimsig, Pretoria.
  • A property at 16 Van Boven Close, Aanwins AH, Johannesburg.
  • Interest held in household goods and personal effects at the properties. 
  • Base Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd. 

Immovable Property 

  • 14 properties owned by Base Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

Motor Vehicles

  • A Black 2019 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe
  • A Black 2002 Mercedes Benz W203, C32 AMG
  • A White 2017 Rolls Royce, Ghost Family Dawn
  • A Blue 2017 Bentley, Continental Super Sports, Convertable.

Bank Accounts

  1. 11 bank accounts and properties linked them.

Assets owned by Sodi’s company Blackhead Consulting were also confiscated. They are: 

  •  A property in Fourways, Johannesburg.
  • A property at SS Willowbrook Office Park
  • Household goods, business and personal effects at the properties.

Movable Property 

  • A Red 2017 Ferrari Four F151.
  • A Silver 2004 Toyota Tazz 130.
  • A White 2011 Volkswagen VW250 Polo
  • A White 2013 Chevrolet Utility 1.4, with registration 002 BHC GP. 
  • A White 2014 Volkswagen Polo Vivo.
  • A Silver 2014 Volkswagen Polo.
  • A Black 2014 Volkswagen Polo Vivo.
  • A White 2017 Hino 500, Chassis Cab.
  • A White 2012 Nissan NP200.
  • A White 2012 Nissan NP200.
  • A Grey 2013 Porsche.
  • A Silver 2014 Hyhundai I20.
  • A 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. 
  • A White 2014 Ford Ranger.
  • A White 2014 Ford Ranger.
  • A White 2014 Ford Ranger.
  • A Grey 2016 Ford Ranger.
  • A Grey 2016 Ford Ranger.
  • A Silver 2016 Ford Ranger.
  • A Grey 2016 Ford Fiesta.
  • A Grey 2016 Ford Ranger.
  •  A Silver 2016 Ford Ranger.
  • A Silver 2016 Ford Ranger.
  •  A White 2017 Bentley Continental GT Coupe.
  • A 2017 Mercedes Benz A217, S65 AMG.
  • Equity shown of R71 Million.

Bank accounts

  • 19 Bank accounts and properties linked to them.
  • Positive balances, investment linked to accounts, accounts linked to property and interest accrued in bank accounts.
  • R25 000 000,00 claim filed in High Court of South Africa, Free State Division, Bloemfontein, 

This is what the state has seized from the other six suspects.

NTHIMOTSE MOKHESI (61). Head of the Free State Department of Human Settlements. Out on bail of R100 000. Seized assets are: 

  • A house at SS Wild Olive Heights, Bloemfontein. 
  • A house at Sasolburg Ext 3, Metsimaholo Municipality

Bank accounts

  • Likemo Family Trust accounts and any property linked to the trust accounts.
  • 11 bank  accounts.

Movable Property

  • Household goods and personal effects.
  • A Blue 1999 Fiat Uno.
  • A Silver 2016 Volkswagen Polo.
  • A White 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  • A Grey 2017 Ford Ranger.  

Pension Benefits

  • Retirement savings/pension from the employer held at Government Employees Pension Fund.

JOHN MATLAKALA (42). Director of Supply Chain Management in the Free State Department of Human Settlements. Out of bail of R50 000. Seized assets are:

Motor Vehicles 

  • A Brown 2011 Chevrolet Corsa Pick Up.
  • A Green 2012 Mercedes Benz W204. 
  • A Yellow 1986 Citi Golf.

Immovable Property

  • Property registered under Tlaks Family Trust, 175 Benade Drive, Fichardpark, Bloemfontein.

Pension Benefits

  •  Retirement savings/pension from the employer held at Government Employees Pension Fund.

SELLO RADEBE (56). Businessman. Out on bail: R100 000

  • A property in Phuthaditjhab, Qwaqwa.
  • A Black 2015 Bently, Continental GT.

ABEL MANYEKI (38). Businessman. Out on bail: R100 000.

  • Three properties in Harvard Road, Clubview, Pretoria.
  • A Black 2007 Ford Focus, with registration number WCK 353 GP.

Interest held In the following entities:

THABANE ZULU (53). Former director-general of the Free State Department of Human Settlements. Out on bail R100 000.

Immovable Property

  • Property at The Wilds, Pretoria.

Interest Held in Entities

Business NameRegistration NoRegistration DateDirector Status
African Kweli Trading CC20071278712309 Jul 2007Active 
Empowerfleet KZN (Pty) Ltd200800806107 31 Mar 2008Active
Original Boats (Pty) Ltd200600598507 27 Feb 2006Active 
Sesikhona Holdings (Pty) Ltd199800646407 02 Apr 1998Active 
Siphosegugu TrustIT608/201602 Dec 2016Trustee

Movable Property

  • A Grey 2011 BMW 3 Series ME Convertible.
  • A White 2013 BMW 6 Series M6 Convertible.
  •  A White 2013 Land Range Rover.
  • A Gold 2014 Range Rover Sport.
  • A 1989 Red Honda Balad.

Bank accounts

  • Six bank accounts and properties linked to them.

SARAH “OLLY” MLAMLELI (63). Former MEC for Human Settlements in the Free State and ex-Mayor of Mangaung. Out of bail:  R100 000.

Immovable Property 

  • A property at SS Blue Ridge, Shellyvale Ext 7, Bloemfontein.
  • A property at Haveman Street, Viljoenskroon.
  • A property at  Shellyvale Ext 7, Free State.
  • A property at SS Elim, General Brand Drive, Uitsig, Bloemfontein.
  • A 50% interest in a property in Rammulutsi Street Rammulotsi Viljoenskroon.

Movable Property

  • A Beige 2010 AUDI Q7.
  • A Red 2005 Toyota Hilux.

Interest Held In Entities

Enterprise NumberEnterprise NameInterest
2003/085383/23Entle Trading 52033%
2004/038155/23Umonde Trading 51233%
2007/213453/23Omadi General Trading100%
2009/014560/23African Compass Trading 17550%

In a statement, Sipho Ngwema, a spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority said: “The accused or anyone else, besides persons authorised by the court, who is aware of the order, is prohibited from dealing with the property.  Notwithstanding the freezing of their fixed properties, such property shall remain in custody of the seven accused and they will have full use of it, pay rates and taxes and maintain the it pending subsequent successful confiscation application.   

They are prohibited from making any changes, sell or transfer ownership of the property without the consent of the curator and in consultation with the AFU. They must, however, at any stage make the property available for inspection to the curator or a representative of the AFU.”  

The accused and their companies face charges that include fraud, theft, attempted theft, corruption in contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004, money laundering in contravention of section 4 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 (POCA) as well as the  contravention of various Asbestos Regulations, promulgated in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993.

Their appearance follows an investigation that was started by the Special Investigating Unit which referred the matter under Proclamation R39 of 2019, to the NPA and the Hawks. A criminal investigation by the Free State members of the Hawks, the Free State Office of the DPP and other NPA units such as the AFU.