Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Former SABC executive in court on charges of extortion and blackmail, kickbacks, corruption and fraud of R325 080.

A former SABC executive, Thembani Mazaleni (38) has appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Bellville, Sapa reports, on charges related to alleged extortion and blackmail, receiving kickbacks and corruption which defrauded the SABC of R325 080.

It includes two charges of fraud totalling R43 080 and extortion of R282 000.

Thembani Mazaleni, a former marketing executive at the SABC, allegedly verified invoices that was submitted by service providers like Albertina Jaxa, who did translation work for the SABC into several of the 11 official South African languages.

Albertina Jaxa allegedly borrowed Thembani Mazaleni money, which he allegedly failed to repay.

Thembani Mazaleni then allegedly turned the loans into kickbacks in the sense of Albertina Jaxa then paying him for work, he commissioned her in the first place to do.

Thembani Mazaleni allegedly went further and threatened Albertina Jaxa that she would lose her contract with the SABC if she told anyone, allegedly getting R282 000 from Albertina Jaxa through a process of extortion between 2007 and 2011, as well as fake invoices.