According to National Prosecuting Authority Investigating Directorate (NPA ID) spokesperson, Sindisiwe Seboka, funds meant for the rehabilitation of the mine were allegedly illegally transferred to other companies.
“Ragavan and Govender obtained R100m from the Koorfontein Trust Account in June 2016 to act as surety for a loan in favour of Tegeta for the purchase of Optimum Coal Mine,” she said.
Seboka explained that in terms of Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, the Minister of that department keeps rehabilitation funds in order to deal with the environmental impact mining activity leaves behind when that mine is closed or sold.
“Raphela, as former DDG, stands accused of authorising the funds to be released from the Koornfontein Mine Rehabilitation Trust,” she said.
Seboka said the matter is part of a cohort of seminal matters the NPA is determined to enrol, which relate to State capture.
“[NPA ID head] Advocate, Andrea Johnson, assures the nation that the Investigating Directorate (ID), working with the support of the Hawks, is committed to ensuring that those responsible for corruption and facilitating State capture are held criminally accountable and that it will work steadfastly to claw back stolen funds back to the fiscus.
“The country can expect more of these priority State capture cases to be enrolled soon,” Seboka said.
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