Failed R49.6m arms deal: Assets frozen in fraud probe against former Congo official

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The Pretoria High Court has granted a preservation order against Congo's former Defence Attaché Brigadier Ngoy Timothee Makwamba.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit has secured a R43m preservation order emanating from a case of fraud and theft opened by the Democratic Republic of Congo Embassy against that country’s former Defence Attaché to South Africa, Brigadier Ngoy Timothee Makwamba.

According to NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, one of Makwamba’s duties as the defence attaché was to purchase weapons from South Africa’s state-owned defence, security and related technology company, Denel. “In December 2022, the DRC government terminated Brigadier Ngoy’s contract, and was no longer mandated to represent the country. Instead, Brigadier Ngoy fraudulently and unlawfully represented himself to Denel as the delegated representative of DRC. He was still a signatory of the Defence account of the DRC and had the authority to instruct them on where to make the refund payment.

She explained the money was then transferred to bank accounts and used to purchase properties in the names of Ngoy’s children.

 

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