A well-known businessman hailing from the Northern Cape has been apprehended on charges of fraud. This was due to defrauding a United Kingdom entrepreneur of a substantial sum as reported by The Citizen.
Christopher David Kimber (62), the owner of multiple mines in the Northern Cape, voluntarily surrendered himself at the Hawks offices in Kimberley on Wednesday.
Fraud amounting to R147 million
Captain Carmen Rhynes of Point Saps confirmed that Kimber is confronting grave accusations. This includes two counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering.
Following his surrender, Kimber appeared before the magistrates’ court. He was granted bail of R100,000.
Millions gone astray
Rhynes revealed that the allegations against Kimber trace back to 2013. This was when he purportedly pledged to sell 50% of his business shares to a UK businessman.
The identity of the aggrieved businessman remains undisclosed. Yet it was disclosed that a transfer of R147 million was made to Kimber. When Kimber failed to honour his end of the agreement, the victim reported the incident to local authorities.
Subsequent investigations exposed that Kimber had channelled the funds into his personal accounts. Kimber is slated to make another court appearance on 17 August 2023.
Gold worth R2 million
In a separate case, 33-year-old Samkelo Mthanyane appeared before the Carletonville Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 28 June 2023.
Mthanyane is now confronting charges of possessing gold-bearing material unlawfully following his arrest earlier in the week.
On 26 June 2023, a security guard at the East Driefontein mine shaft in Gauteng discovered gold-bearing material with an estimated value of R2 million.
During a routine employee search, the illicit stash was found wrapped around the waist of one of the mine workers.
Mthanyane was apprehended by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team. The proceedings pertaining to his case have been postponed to 6 July 2023, during which a bail application will be considered.
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