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Mining exec arrested: Hawks swoop on fraud-accused Andrew Khonziwe

Andrew Khonziwe, CEO of the Rhythm of the Nation mining company in Gauteng, is accused of defrauding service providers to the tune of R1.2m.

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The hawks swooped on mining CEO Andrew Plaatjie Khonziwe on Monday 10 May, with the 43-year-old arrested on charges of fraud amounting to over R1 million rand relating to inflated invoices sent to consulting firms in the sector. 

Khonziwe, who is the CEO of the Rhythm of the Nation Mining company, appeared in court on Tuesday, with his case postponed for his bail application today. An intelligence driven operation was conducted on Monday, 10 May 2021 which resulted to the arrest of Khonziwe in Booysens and subsequently charged for fraud.

Andrew Khonziwe arrested  

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu said in a statement that Khonziwe was remanded in custody after he appeared in court on Tuesday. 

“It is alleged that in 2018 during Khonziwe’s reign as Chief Executive Officer at the mining company, Rhythm of the Nation, Khonziwe allegedly inflated invoices for services rendered by consulting firms administering the mining regulation laws operations,” said Mulamu, who went on to detail how the mining CEO allegedly changed the details of the service providers, naming another company as the recipient. 

“Further investigation by the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Johannesburg revealed that Khonziwe allegedly supplied service providers with his company details, EPCM Mining PTY (Ltd) for quotations on mining license operations compliance regulation consultation done for Rhythm of the Nation,” he said. 

“It was later established that Khonziwe allegedly changed the service providers banking details and put that of EPCM Mining Pty (Ltd) and inflated prices for payment.”

Mining executive accused of inflating invoices  

Mulamu said that Khonziwe is accused of paying himself the amounts that were surplus to the bogus invoices distributed to service providers. 

“Further allegations are that Khonziwe paid service providers and kept the rest of the money for himself amounting to R1.2 million for the period of months in 2018,” he said.