SA tycoon sues  MP for fraud

SA tycoon sues MP for fraud

MASERU – A South African tycoon, Ntsikelelo Dilo, has filed a case of fraud against a Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) MP.
Dilo was at the Maseru Central police station yesterday where he met police intelligence officials and the Maseru Regional commander, Assistant Commissioner Motlatsi Mapola.
He told thepost that he had lodged a complaint with the police after the MP and his friends falsely said they were to hire his cars to the government only to find that it was not so.
Dilo said he has since instructed his lawyers “to take necessary legal action against these men and to retrieve my vehicles from the Kingdom of Lesotho”.

Dilo had entered into a contract with the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) MP, whose name we have withheld because we could reach him for comment, and four others — through his company Golden Rewards 696 CC, trading as Fouche Motors.

The agreement was based on the controversial government fleet tender in which the lessees would rent them to the government under the controversial Bidvest deal.
Under the deal it was understood that the government would hire vehicles from the MP and his colleagues and Bidvest would manage them as part of the government’s fleet.
Dila told thepost that he would be paid M200 000 for leasing three of his Toyota Ventures to the government.

The agreement was signed in August last year and when he realised that there was no evidence that the government had hired his vehicles he demanded that they return the vehicles but all was in vain. Dilo had bought 49 vehicles after the MP allegedly told him that the government wanted to hire 600 vehicles from Basotho.

However, Dilo said he only decided to lease just three vehicles to the MP and his friends as a means to test if the tender they were talking about was real.
So, when the MP and his colleagues failed to hand over the vehicles after he realised the deal had flopped, Dilo reported the matter to the police.
A source with the police said they were “investigating if there is a case of fraud or false pretence against the people (Dilo) is complaining about”.
Police spokesman Superintendent Clifford Molefe could not be reached for comment last night.

Yesterday one of Dilo’s Toyota Ventures was already at the police station while another was said to be somewhere in the remote areas where it was going to be fetched from when this paper visited the station.

“This contract has not been favourable to me and I have lost much in it,” Dilo said. The Bidvest deal sparked furore within the government after the ruling Democratic Congress (DC) youth league leadership accused the party’s senior officials of corruption.

They accused the treasurer, then Finance Minister ’Mamphono Khaketla, of soliciting a bribe from a local company so that it could win the tender.
Khaketla has since denied that she was corrupt and has sued the then youth league leader Thuso Litjobo for M6 million for defamation.

Staff Reporter

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