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18 Nov 2014
6:27 am

Lenasia land scammer to be sentenced

A former City of Johannesburg employee is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday at the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court for his involvement in the illegal sale of state land in Lenasia.

FILE PICTURE: Lenasia South residents demonstrate during a service delivery protest on the Golden Highway, 13 October 2014. The area has also been the scene of a land sale scam where council officials sold state land illegally. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Sifiso Handsome Litau resigned from his post during internal disciplinary proceedings where three witnesses who had bought land from him were giving evidence against him.

In July he was found guilty of illegally selling land in Lenasia Extension 13.

Two other people were arrested in connection with the land scheme. They would also appear in court on Tuesday.

The pair, David Mofokeng known as “Lepolisa”, and Thabo Moloi were arrested in July and were released on bail of R5000 each.

They were arrested during a sting operation as they were allegedly trying to sell state land in the area to Hawks investigators.

Pastor Mandla Dlamini, 76, is serving a three-year sentence for his part in the land selling syndicate.

Married couple Muzwamandla and Elizabeth Poto were found guilty on fraud charges in November 2013 and were sentenced to three years’ correctional supervision. They were also given 12 months’ imprisonment for trespassing, suspended for 12 months.

The alleged kingpin of the syndicate, Richard Zikhali, faces 94 counts of fraud and money laundering. He is be tried soon in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

– Sapa