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Soccer World Cup Corruption accused files new court application

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Durban businessman Thoshan Panday who is facing charges of fraud and corruption regarding a R47 million Soccer World Cup accommodation contract with the police has asked the court to relax his current bail conditions.                                                                     

Investigating Directorate spokesperson, Sindisiwe Seboka, said that Panday had filed an application to relax his bail conditions in the Durban High Court on Tuesday.                                                                        

“That matter will be heard through a separate judge on a date still to be determined. The state will bring a counter application for the cancellation of his bail,” Seboka said.                                                                            

In addition, Judge Jacqueline Henriques cancelled the warrant of arrest for Tasleem Rahiman, who was not present at the last court appearance. The fraud and corruption matter involves former KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner, General Mmamonnye Ngobeni; Colonel Navin Madhoe, former police captain Aswin Narainpershad and businessman, Toshan Panday.

The other accused in the Soccer World Cup accommodation contract trial are Panday’s mother, Arevenda Panday; his wife, Privisha Panday; his sister, Kajal Ishwarkumar; Panday’s brother-in-law, Seveesh Maharaj Ishwarkumar and Toshan Panday’s personal assistant, Tasleem Rahiman. 

Soccer World Cup contract, a family affair

The matter relates to a contract for police accommodation in Durban during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.    

“Panday’s family is accused of being party to a common purpose with Toshan and others to defraud SAPS, through their association with entities which were used to score lucrative contracts from SAPS,” Seboka said.                                                                                           

“The policemen who are accused in this matter face accusations of colluding with Panday to receive contracts from the KZN Police,” she said. 

Seboka said the group faces charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption and money laundering in relation to the Soccer World Cup accommodation contract. The accused were arrested by the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Investigating Directorate (ID) working together with the Hawks who arrested the suspects.

The case was postponed to 4 May 2022 to allow the state time to provide further particulars as requested through correspondence by the accused.

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