South Africa 14.9.2017 08:21 am

EC court to sentence church leader for corruption involving R3m

In March, Banzana was found guilty on four counts of corruption involving around R3 million.

The Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court is on Thursday, expected to sentence a well known church leader convicted of corruption charges involving R3 million.

Bishop Samuel Banzana was earlier found guilty for soliciting bribes from a construction company to award it tenders for building hundreds of low-cost RDP houses.

In March, Banzana was found guilty on four counts of corruption involving around R3 million.

At the time of the crimes, between 2004 and 2009, Banzana was the manager of the Mzingisi Development Trust, which African National Congress (ANC) veteran Govan Mbeki had founded. The trust builds RDP houses in impoverished areas which included Soweto on Sea, Veeplaas, Westview and Bethelsdorp.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit had since seized Banzana’s home and three luxury cars worth R2.9 million in total.

The retired Bishop now resides with his in-laws.

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