‘Masterminds of state looting are still at large’ – Reactions pour in as Hawks attach Edwin Sodi’s assets

A 2017 Ferrari Four F151 with a book value of at least R3m is one of the luxury cars belonging to Edwin Sodi and his company that have been attached by the Asset Forfeiture Unit.
Image: Veli Nhlapo

Businessman Edwin Sodi and the Hawks have topped the trends list on Twitter after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s Asset Forfeiture Unit attached several luxury cars and properties belonging to Sodi and his company on Tuesday.

This comes amid an investigation into corruption relating to the 2014 asbestos project in the Free State.

Sodi, owner of Blackhead Consulting, and Diamond Hill Trading was awarded a R255m contract in a joint venture to identify and remove asbestos roofing from houses in the province.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit attached a fleet of cars including a 2017 white Bentley, a red Ferrari and a black 2019 Porsche Cayenne S which cost between R2m and R5m each. Among the properties seized was his Johannesburg mansion.

It is understood that among the assets which could not be located are a white 2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost Family Dawn, a blue 2017 Bentley Continental Supersports convertible and a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG.

The Bloemfontein high court last week granted an order to attach the assets of seven businessmen and government officials facing charges including corruption, fraud and money laundering.

They were arrested and appeared in court, where they were released on bail ranging from R100,000 to R500,000.

While the Hawks and the NPA were commended for “eradicating” corruption, many social media users expressed disgust at the disregard for the needs of the poor.

Sifiso Mavuso said more allegedly corrupt individuals must face the music.

“These arrests are just scratching the surface for now. The masterminds of state looting are still at large.” he wrote.

Here’s a glimpse into the reactions:

 

 

By Cebelihle Bhengu – TimesLIVE

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