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Police to investigate false Gupta-linked BEE certificates scandal

Demo­c­ra­t­ic Alliance (DA) has on Fri­day laid crim­i­nal charges against var­i­ous com­pa­nies and indi­vid­u­als impli­cat­ed in award­ing bogus BEE cer­tifi­cates to Gup­ta-linked com­pa­nies.

These charges fol­lows the explo­sive find­ings by the BBBEE Com­mis­sion that Gup­ta aligned com­pa­nies used fraud­u­lent BEE cer­tifi­cates to secure lucra­tive con­tracts and pay­ments from Eskom.

In a state­ment on Fri­day, DA Shad­ow Min­is­ter of Trade and Indus­try, Dean Macpher­son said onus rests with police to inves­ti­gate crim­i­nal com­plaints to the fullest extent of the law.

“Police must make sure those impli­cat­ed appear in court,” said Macpher­son.

Those impli­cat­ed in the 18-month in-depth inves­ti­ga­tion by the Com­mis­sion are:

  • Teget­ta, Opti­mum and Tril­lian for mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their BEE sta­tus and pro­vid­ing false infor­ma­tion to the Pow­er Util­i­ty in terms of Sec­tion 130 of the Broad-Based Black Eco­nom­ic Empow­er­ment Act;
  • Anoj Singh, Prish Goven­der, Edwin Mabelane and A. Nte­ta knew of the val­ue of the con­tracts to Tril­lian, Teget­ta and Opti­mum, but did not report mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the Com­mis­sion in terms of Sec­tion 130 (2) of the Act;
  • Per­jury charges against Tebo­go Lebal­lo. He lied under oath on behalf of Tril­lian that the com­pa­ny is an Exempt­ed Micro Enter­prise.
  • DA charges against Simone Mitchell in terms of Sec­tion 130 of the Act for mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Teget­ta and Optimum’s BEE sta­tus.

The DA will also com­plain to the Inde­pen­dent Reg­u­la­to­ry Board for Audi­tors (IRBA) and South African Insti­tute for Char­tered Accoun­tants.

“We will also lay com­plaints with the Inde­pen­dent Reg­u­la­to­ry Board for Audi­tors (IRBA) and South African Insti­tute for Char­tered Accoun­tants,” said Macpher­son.

He added that BBBEE Com­mis­sion is yet to nail in the cof­fin of the Gup­ta Empire and a piece of the puz­zle in State Cap­ture.

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