Freeze order on Sizani’s assets

Nomahlubi Jordaan

THE Port Elizabeth High Court has granted the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) an interim order freezing the assets of former Eastern Cape education MEC Stone Sizani’s wife.

The order stems from a criminal case instituted against Nontuthuzelo Portia “Pankie” Sizani, 45, who is accused of creating “ghost” teachers and pocketing their salaries between January 2009 and November 2010. She is the only one charged with 31 counts of fraud and money laundering for allegedly having caused the Department of Education a total loss of R1235000 and pocketing R292900.

The assets sought in the AFU order are a house in Millard Crescent, Summerstrand, a farm and pension interest belonging to and jointly owned by her and her husband. They are married in community of property.

Sizani has been given until April 30 to respond to the allegations.

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