Questions have been raised over Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s relation with a tender mogul and ANC benefactor, Tbo Molefe following reports over the payment of a million rand to the minister through a well-known radio personality.
Court papers alleged that Wandile Bozwana, a businessman from North West who was shot dead in Pretoria in October 2015, instructed a Bloemfontein law firm to pay Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe an amount of R1m. The money was earmarked for Mbalula, according to the court papers.
News24, which obtained the explosive court papers said that the stated amount was earmarked for Police Minister Fikile Mbalula who was at that time the minister of sports
Though Esethu Hasane, Mbalula’s spokesperson strongly denied the claims contained in the court papers, saying they are part of Media24’s “unrelenting [and] unrepentant campaign to vilify the minister”, the court papers reportedly stated that Bozwana instructed the law firm Hannes Peyper Incorporated to pay Molefe, who allegedly acted as Mbalula’s representative
The payment was allegedly made in 2015 a while after Molefe embarked on a trip to Las Vegas to attend a boxing match between international superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
“Minister Fikile Mbalula was in truth and in fact the recipient and beneficiary of the payment of the amount of R1 000 000.00, the amount having being (sic) paid to the fifth defendant (Molefe) as Mbalula’s nominee,” reads the court papers.
The revelations around the R1m allegedly paid to Mbalula are contained in a plea filed by the law firm and its two directors, Peyper and Madalane Peyper who both pleaded that the court that Mbalula be joined as a defendant in the case between Tsoga Developers, a company linked to Bozwana and Hannes Peyper Incorporated, a law firm based in Bloemfontein, seeing as the R1m the law firm had allegedly paid to Molefe was in fact intended for Mbalula.
“The plaintiff (Tsoga Developers CC) claims payment from the fifth defendant (Molefe) of an amount of R1 000 000.00 on the basis that the fifth defendant is the ‘third party’ to whom payment of the amount aforesaid was made ‘on behalf of the Minister of Sport’,” reads the plea.
Having seen that “the fifth defendant (Molefe) does not have a direct and substantial interest in the relief sought in these proceedings… Minister Fikile Mbalula should have been cited as a defendant in these proceedings,” according to the plea.
The court papers revealed that the afore mentioned payment to Mbalula formed part of a series of transactions that were made from a trust account managed by Hannes Peyper Incorporated on behalf of Tsoga Developers after the latter in 2013 secured a settlement worth nearly R50m from the North West department of public works and transport.
Bozwana died in October 2015 after gunmen opened fire on him and his business associate while they were driving in Pretoria. But before his death, the business mogul was involved in dispute with the North West provincial government over the R456m hospital contract awarded to Tsoga Developers and its joint venture partner, Ilima Projects, in 2008.
The matter died down tow years after Gauteng’s public works, roads and transport department terminated the contract following the liquidation of Ilima Projects while Tsoga Developers was found to be without the necessary construction industry grading.
Tsoga then agreed to exit the deal in exchange for a settlement of R23m. The settlement amount later ballooned to nearly R50m because of interest.