A 54-year-old former plant manager of Sishen Iron Ore Company at Kolomela mine, Johan Breedt was sentenced by Kimberley Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday, 19 September 2023.
Breedt was arrested in December 2020 by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team, together with two other sentenced persons, Anthony Meyer, Theunes Burger and Burma Plant Hire. In April 2016, the accused nominated Burma Plant Hire to load and haul final dense medium separation product to the plant production beds.
The company was awarded a tender to work at Kolomela mine for the period of July 2016 and July 2017. Between July 2016 and December 2016, the accused demanded monthly payments of R40 000.00 and gifts from Burma Plant Hire to ensure that company continues to get work at the mine. The accused through his unlawful activities, benefitted R627 370.00 in cash and gifts from the company.
On Monday, 03 July 2023, he pleaded guilty on twelve (12) counts of corruption and ten (10) counts of money laundering.
On Tuesday, 19 September 2023, Breedt was sentenced to three (3) years correctional supervision on all counts of corruption and money laundering and further ordered to pay an amount of R627 320.00 which he unduly benefitted through his illegal activities.
The case against Burma Plant Hire was remanded to 28 November 2023 for trial.
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