The wife of an army general in the South African National Defence Force was released on R80,000 bail on Wednesday. Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndlovu appeared in court on charges of fraud involving approximately R100-million. The charges relate to a tender awarded by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to Ukhumbe Marine, a company that belongs to her. The tender was for the transportation of equipment belonging to the SANDF returning to South Africa. Ntsondwa-Ndlovu was arrested early on Wednesday on the condition that she did not attempt to make contact with witnesses, and that she handed in her passport to the investigation officer in the case.
Sipho Ngwema, national spokesperson for the NPA said: “The contract value was approximately R24 million. It is alleged that she provided false information as part of the tender process. Thereafter she was awarded another contract of R103 million, again to transport SANDF equipment. The soldiers were then recalled from service in the African countries and this led to the cancellation of the second contract. The accused then claimed R30 million from the SANDF whilst alleging that she had already, before the cancellation, incurred expenses to that value.” Ngwema added that falsified documents were furnished to support her claims.