Soccer World Cup case postponed again


The case against nine suspects accused of fraud worth millions of rand in relation to the 2010 Soccer World Cup has been postponed pending a pre-trial conference.

The case will now only take place on 25 July in the Durban High Court.

The case relates to allegations of fraud amounting to R47 million, regarding accommodation for KwaZulu-Natal police officers during the World Cup soccer tournament.

The accused include the KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner gen. Mmamonnye Ngobeni, former police captain Aswin Narainpershad and businessman Toshan Panday. Each of them faces a total of 275 charges of racketeering, money laundering and fraud.

The court has yet to rule on whether certain information may be disclosed in court. The state does not want this information to be made public.

Family members of Panday, including his mother, also appeared in court on the same charges in May 2021 and were each released on bail of R5 000.

“The family members registered companies in 2009 in anticipation of the World Cup,” Sindisiwe Seboka, spokesperson for the NPA’s investigation directorate, said at the time. “The companies then channeled the proceeds to Panday.”

The police are accused of colluding with Panday to obtain contracts from the KwaZulu-Natal police in 2010.