Edwin Sodi was living a high life, but all that came crashing down when the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) swooped on his properties, including a mansion in Johannesburg, and luxury vehicles on Tuesday.
But some of the assets the state sought to seize could not be found by close of business. The NPA took aim at 29 vehicles, 27 properties, 19 active accounts and household goods belonging to Sodi and his company, Blackhead Consulting.
The seizures are related to the R255m asbestos scandal in the Free State, where Blackhead Consulting and Diamond Hill Trading were in a joint venture that won the tender for an asbestos audit in 2014.
It is understood that luxury cars the state could not find included a white 2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Family Dawn, a blue 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports convertible and a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.