KZN businessman defrauds EC Education Department of millions
A KZN businessman, facing fraud charges involving millions of rand, appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.
A KwaZulu-Natal businessman, facing fraud charges involving millions of rand, appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.
Vishal Seebran, 43, is charged with defrauding the Eastern Cape Department of Education out of R24 million.
The State has accused Seebran of submitting fraudulent tax certificates and false letters to the department between October and December 2009 in order to win tenders worth R24 million.
He is also listed as director of three of the companies – Paper Active (Pty) Ltd, Mega Papers (Pty) Ltd, and African Paper Products (Pty) Ltd – listed on the indictment.
City Press reported in January this year that African Papers Products, one of five companies contracted by the department to distribute stationery for the 2017 academic year, had been awarded a contract worth more than R400 million in December 2016.
Seebran, the Daily Despatch reported, was acquitted in 2014 by the East London Regional Court of charges of attempting to bribe former education boss Modidima Mannya into awarding his company Paper Active, stationery tenders, along with two other men.
Seebran's current fraud case has been postponed utnil October 19 for further consultations.