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By unknown | Jan 23, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

There appears to be overwhelming evidence that Land Bank acting CEO Paul Mohlahlane knowingly used a cancelled identity document for business transactions, this despite his strong denials.

Mohlahlane was issued with two identity documents with different numbers and birth dates.

The first was issued in 1994 and was cancelled when the second one was issued in 2000. It emerged last year that he used the false ID to buy property and businesses.

He, however, vehemently denied knowing that the ID was cancelled. The Land Bank and the Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs defended him.

In a joint statement last Thursday, Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana and the Land Bank Board defended Mohlahlane saying: "The department and the Land Bank Board were satisfied that the second ID had been issued because of his wish to correct an error in the original document."

Mohlahlane was also accused of sexually harassing women at the Land Bank, a claim disputed by the two organisations.

Sowetan has a letter addressed to Mohlahlane from Home Affairs informing him that his first identity document "was cancelled in the Population Register as of August 3, 2000, and may under no circumstances be utilised from the date of cancellation".

Land Bank's general manager for corporate development, Herman Moeketsi, said Mohlahlane had never received such a letter.

"The only letter he received from Home Affairs was just a confirmation that he had two IDs."

Mohlahlane, however, still went against the letter and tried to buy a land in Kyalami, Midrand, for R2.7 million in cash.

Mohlahlane did not respond to Sowetan 's messages left on his phone.


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