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2023/07/04      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel T Thebe   |   Province:  Northern Cape

NORTHERN CAPE – A 53-year-old former plant manager of Sishen Iron Ore Company at Kolomela mine, Mr Johan Breedt pleaded guilty on twelve (12) counts of corruption and ten (10) counts of money laundering at the Kimberley Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, 03 July 2023.  

Breedt was arrested in December 2020 along with his two sentenced accused, Mr Anthony Meyer and Theunes Burger and an entity, by the Hawks' Serious Corruption Investigation team. In April 2016, the accused nominated Burma Plant Hire to load and haul final dense medium separation product to the plant production beds.

The company was awarded a tender to work at Kolomela mine for the period of July 2016 and July 2017. Between July 2016 and December 2016 the accused demanded monthly payments of R40 000.00 and gifts from Burma Plant Hire to ensure that company continues to get work at the mine. The accused through his unlawful activities, benefitted R627 370.00 in cash and gifts from the company.

The case was remanded to Tuesday, 19 September 2023 for sentencing whilst the case against Burma Plant Hire is remanded to Tuesday, 04 July 2023.