Former KZN MEC in court over failed R28m jazz festival

22 August 2018 - 10:56 By Jeff Wicks
Mike Mabuyakhulu. File photo
Mike Mabuyakhulu. File photo
Image: Thuli Dlamini

Former KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu is expected to make an appearance in the Durban Commercial Crimes court on Wednesday.

Mabuyakhulu and Durban businessman Mabheleni Ntuli were cited among the five main role-players in a fraud‚ corruption and money laundering case relating to a failed jazz festival five years ago that cost taxpayers R28-million.

The alleged conspirators are Desmond Golding‚ the former head of the KwaZulu-Natal department of economic development and tourism; Caesar Walter Mkhize‚ the owner of Soft Skills Communications‚ Maqhoboza Traders and Shaka Holdings; and Nothando Zungu‚ a member of Soft Skills Communications and sole member of Ishashalazi Productions.

All five‚ together with four other people and seven companies‚ are facing fraud‚ corruption and money laundering charges relating to the multi-million figure paid by the provincial government in 2012 for the North Sea Jazz Festival to have been held in 2013‚ but which never happened.

Mabuyakhulu and his alleged cohorts were released on bail of R50‚000.