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Mel Viljoen reveals why her husband Peet no longer practices law. Image via Instagram @peetviljoen_ttn.

Inside ‘RHOPTA’ star Peet Viljoen’s ‘347 corruption charges’

#RHOPTA cast member Peet Viljoen reportedly appeared in court last week for corruption charges. Here’s what the charges are for…

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Mel Viljoen reveals why her husband Peet no longer practices law. Image via Instagram @peetviljoen_ttn.

Millionaire and entrepreneur Peet Viljoen has recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons and has moved swiftly to dispell allegations and claims levelled against him.

On 30 October, the Real Housewives van Pretoria RHOPTA cast member and his wife Mel Viljoen — who is also on the reality TV series — featured on an episode of Carte Blanche in relation to the company Tammy Taylor Nails.

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Peet is also accused of being involved in a scheme that saw the Johannesburg metro being swindled out of 27 properties.

Netwerk24 recently reported that he appeared in court on 14 November for the fraud charges. Viljoen is reportedly facing a total of 347 corruption charges, 297 of those charges are for fraud and forgery.

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WHO WAS INVOLVED?

The charges, which date back to 2010, involved six other people Vijoen allegedly worked with. They are:

  • Edwin Maringa — a lawyer who ran their fake company, Eildoug Investments, which they reportedly used to swindle the Johannesburg metro of the said properties. The company was reportedly not registered with the South African Revenue Services.
  • Ronel van Vuuren — a former employee of Viljoen, who helped sell the properties.
  • Edmunda Mkhetwa Sibisi — who worked as a deputy registrar in the deeds office of the Department of Land Affairs.
  • Dorah Madisha — a former employee of the Johannesburg metro.
  • Wiets Nell — a businessman who, along with Viljoen, pretended to be “agents” to prospective buyers.

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Three others, who were also involved in the alleged corruption pleaded guilty and were sentenced to five years in prison. They are :

  • Bongani Makhanya — who was a Sars employee responsible for issuing the exemption certificates for R50 each
  • Virginia Mahlangu — who would bribe a Sars employee to obtain transfer rights certificates
  • Annalene van der Berg, a former conveyancing typist of Viljoen’s whose job was to also help obtain the stolen JPC clearance certificates using fake documents and bribery.

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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION CHARGES AGAINST PEET VILJOEN AND OTHERS

According to the state, the theft of the Johannesburg metro properties began after one of the accused came across a book listing all three thousand of the metro’s properties which are mostly vacant land.

Some of the properties in the case include a piece of land in the prestigious Bryanston suburb, near Sandton on the busy William Nicol road.

Viljoen and his co-accused, through their fake company called Eildoug Investments, employed Wayne Ernest Africa who was appointed by Maringa to do research on the sought-after properties.

Their modus operandi allegedly involved transferring the properties into their company — which was not registered with South African Insolvency Service (SARS) for tax — before they transfered it to the potential buyers.

Money was allegedly paid into Peet Viljoen Incorporated’s account and of the money transfered, over R25 million remained in the account.

In addition, Maringa was allegedly paid more than R10 million, Nell received more than R3 million and van Vuuren was paid R60 000.

‘I WAS JUST THE CORRESPONDENT TRANSFER ATTORNEY’

Much like the Tammy Taylor Nails allegations, Viljoen has denied the property fraud charges, labelling them a “conspiracy”.

“I was just the correspondent transfer attorney. I had no idea what the value of the properties were. Until today, the state has not been able to provide me with the ‘falsified documents’ so that I can enforce my constitutional rights. The proceedings so far have been irregular,” he said.

The Citizen reported that Viljoen, who was a lawyer at the time, was struck of the roll in 2011.

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Peet Viljoen has denied swindling the Johannesburg metro of 27 properties. Image via @peetviljoen_ttn/Instagram