Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Former SABC executive back in court on charges of defrauding the SABC of more than R343 000 and 78 counts of extortion.

The former SABC executive Thembani Mazaleni (36) has appeared in court again on Monday on charges of fraud and 78 counts of extortion totalling more than R343 000.

The former SABC marketing executive stands accused of charges including extortion, blackmail, kickbacks,corruption and defrauding the SABC of hundreds of thousands of rand and appeared in the Specialised Crimes Court in Bellville, Cape Town yesterday for the 18th time in the case.

The case was postponed to 10 September for consultation purposes.

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.

Prosecutor Tracy Belelie told magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg on Monday that she had furnished the defence with details of the charges. Thembani Mazaleni has not yet pleaded to the charges.