Top Prasa manager accused of selling 42km of railway line he didn’t own

Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. Picture: Joseph Chirume / GroundUp

Port Elizabeth Specialised Commercial Crimes Court. Picture: Joseph Chirume / GroundUp

Mthuthuzeli Swartz’s case is being heard in the Port Elizabeth Specialised Crimes Court.

The fraud and theft case against Mthuthuzeli Swartz, the former acting CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Rail division, and Syed Nadhir Mohiudeen was postponed till 6 September. National Prosecution Authority (NPA) spokesperson Sibulele Mboyi said that there is another docket coming from Cape Town with fresh charges, which led to the postponement. “It seems as if one of the state witnesses laid a complaint in Cape Town against the same suspects on the same facts as our case,” said Mboyi. Mohiudeen was not in court to listen to the postponement. But Swartz was. Mohiudeen’s name is usually spelt Mahuideen in the media (including GroundUp), but in this report we use the spelling in the NPA’s charge sheet. Swartz was dismissed from PRASA on 8 November 2018. He has denied any wrongdoing. Charge sheet describes fascinating alleged fraud The charge sheet, which is marked as a draft, describes an outlandish fraud allegedly involving the sale of a large chunk of Eastern Cape railway line that was not Swartz’s or Mohiudeen’s to sell. What follows is taken entirely from the charge sheet and we emphasise that at this stage these are all allegations as the two accused...


 


 


 

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