Preservation order secured against South African company

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A preservation order of more than R3 million has been granted by the Bloemfontein High Court against the Maru-a-Pula construction company for fraud that was committed against the Lesotho Government.

According to the Hawks’ spokesperson Christopher Singo, the Hawks and the National Prosecution Authority’s (NPA) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) successfully secured the preservation order.

“It was reported that, in 2021, Lesotho experienced floods which led to roads being damaged. The Lesotho government then established a ministerial committee – which included the Department of Public Works and the Department of Local Government – to assess the extent of damaged road infrastructure,” says Singo.

The Lesotho Disaster Management authority was then mandated to coordinate the process by procuring and paying services rendered by the contractors for fixing the roads. It is alleged that certain tenders were issued without following proper procurement procedures.

“A South African-based company, Maru-a-Pula Construction, allegedly received more than R3 million from Lesotho through these fraudulent activities,” says Singo.

The matter was then reported to the South African authorities by the Lesotho government, which culminated to the preservation order being granted on 20 January 2023 by the Bloemfontein High Court.

Compiled by Bonolo Moloi