AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
THE crackdown by the South African law enforcement against fraud and corruption has continued, with the wife of an army general the latest to be arrested.
Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu was arrested and has appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court where she was charged for providing false information and documents to win a R100-million tender from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) transport equipment to Sudan.
Ntsonda-Ndhlovu, whose husband, Noel Ndhlovu, is a general in the SANDF, was granted bail of R80 000 and her case was postponed to December 9. As part of her bail conditions, she was warned not to interfere with witnesses and ordered to hand in her passport.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority, Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu’s company, Ukhumbe Marine, was awarded a R24-milion on the basis of false information and documents. The company was later awarded another tender, worth R103-million, again to transport goods on behalf of the SANDF. The contract was cancelled when the SANDF’s mission, for which the goods were needed, was cancelled.
The prosecution said Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu claimed R30-million from the defence force claiming that she had incurred expenses by the time the contract was cancelled. It is the state’s case that documents justifying the claim were false.