Arthur Mafokate‘s million-rand properties frozen after being implicated in R56 million NLC corruption scandal. The heavyweight star is making headlines after The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) discovered that he is involved in fraud and corruption deals at the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
SIU chairman Kaizer Kganyago said the National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit received a preservation order from the Pretoria High Court to solidify three luxury properties, a plot, and a portion of a farm linked to the siphoning of lotteries grant funding meant for community development projects.
The properties include Mafokate’s luxury property in Midrand, Johannesburg, with a sale value of R7.5m, and former NLC legal representative Lesley Ramulifho, whose property is in Cape Town in the Western Cape. Kganyago said:
The SIU investigations in the affairs of the National Lotteries Commission have revealed that five non-profit organisations (NPO) received grant funding of approximately R56.3m for community development projects in South Africa.
“The NPOs are Taung Cultural Music and Arts Expo, South African Art and Development Association (SAADA), Dinosys, Matieni Community Centre, and Zibsicraft (Pty) Ltd.
“The SIU investigations revealed that the NPOs funded the preservation properties’ acquisition with money they had received, under the auspices of grant funding, from the NLC. The properties, therefore, constitute proceeds of unlawful activities hence the application for a preservation order pending the final determination of the application for final forfeiture.
The order is against:
- Saada, represented by Arthur Mafokate, musician and Saada director. Preservation: luxury property in Midrand.
- Ramulifho Family Trust. Preservation: luxury property in Cape Town.
- BDH Group, represented by William Elias Huma, the former NLC board member. Preservation: portion of a farm in Rustenburg.
- Alfred Ntshengedzeni Nevhutanda and Tshilidzi Rachel Nevhutanda, former NLC board chair and his wife. Preservation: a plot in Pretoria.
- Preservation: luxury property in Pretoria. Prohibited and restrained from selling, disposing of, leasing, transferring, donating or dealing in any manner whatsoever concerning the immovable properties. Marang Family Trust, represented by Tsietsi Maselwa, head of NLC Legal Division.