Arthur Mafokate’s property, valued at R9.4m, is still under preservation status.
The High Court has allegedly denied Arthur Mafokate’s application to have his luxurious property removed from a preservation order.
On Tuesday, 30 January, the High Court in Pretoria is said to have dismissed an application by veteran musician and producer Arthur Mafokate to have his property, a luxury guest house released from a preservation order that was obtained by the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), IOL reported.
ARTHUR MAFOKATE’S LUX GUEST HOUSE INCLUDED IN PRESERVATION ORDER
According to the publication, on 21 December 2022, the AFU of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) obtained the order to preserve Arthur Mafakote’s property which is located at 85 Carslwald Road in Midrand.
“This followed investigations conducted by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), which revealed that the South African Arts and Development Organisation (SAADA) was granted R9.3 million to assist unemployed youth in the poor and rural areas of the country, to impact skills in music, business video, film production, dance, and the overall business of radio,” the Gauteng regional spokesperson for the NPA Lumka Mahanjana was quoted as saying.
However, the SAADA, under the control of Mafokate is said to have only used R1.8 million of the funds on the project. And with remaining R7.5 million, the Haai Bo hitmaker allegedly purchased a luxurious guest house in Midrand which is known as La Villa Rosa.
While in court, Mafokate was reported to have argued that he was entitled to the remaining R7.5 million, explaining that his businesses delivered the services as required by the NLC. However, Mahanjana is said to have shared that the court also said that the remaining funds were not for “the purpose of the grant allocation.”
‘TSOTSI’ ACTRESS TERRY PHETO ROPED IN THE NCL SCANDAL
Another celebrity implicated in the NLC scandal is South African actress Terry Pheto. Her lavish home in Gauteng went under the hammer on Thursday, 2 March 2023. This comes after the Pretoria High Court granted the AFU and SIU a preservation order to freeze her Bryanston home.
Pheto’s home was set to be auctioned with the starting bid of R3 million last year. According to Daily Sun, 28 people registered online to be part of the auction.