News24.com | Court freezes some of top lawyer Barnabas Xulu’s bank accounts in long-running correct bills dispute
- Criminal educated Barnabas Xulu had his bank accounts frozen by a court disclose.
- A settlement settlement is the arena of a dispute between Xulu and the Ambiance, Forestry and Fisheries Department.
- The division secured an disclose that his bank accounts be frozen, and a apartment and Porsche secured until the topic is resolved.
Some of properly-known lawyer Barnabas Xulu’s bank accounts had been ordered frozen by the Western Cape Excessive Court in an extended-running fight with the Department of Ambiance, Forestry and Fisheries over correct bills paid by the division.
Xulu has achieved correct work for the division, however the validity of the Provider Stage Settlement (SLA) and a settlement settlement has been the arena of an extended-running dispute and interior battles, which own spilled into the excessive court.
It incorporated bills for handling a fancy 7.5 million US bucks restitution fee settlement between US authorities, foreign banking institutions and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by a convicted lobster smuggler.
Xulu’s providers and products had been to be terminated in August 2018, excluding for the US case, however the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (earlier than the division used to be separated into Department of Ambiance, Forestry and Fisheries), and Treasury, agreed to determine for an quantity of R20 million.
The troubles then escalated over whether the settlement used to be legit or now no longer.
The parties own been in a fight over who owes who, and whether he have to aloof pay the money encourage.
An disclose in favour of both departments, dated 12 October, gave behold that Xulu and the company – Barnabus Xulu & Companions Integrated – have to aloof give causes why he have to aloof now no longer pay R20 242 272. 90.
Meanwhile, Incovision (Pty) Ltd, Setlacorp (Pty) Ltd and Xulu had been ordered now to no longer enable the switch, dissipation or withdrawal of funds from their accounts.
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This involves money got, or to be got in future with out leave of the division. Moreover, First National Bank and Investec Bank had been additionally interdicted from allowing switch, dissipation or withdrawal of funds from the three accounts, or any entity Xulu has defend watch over over.
Incovision and Xulu had been interdicted over a property in Sheffield Seashore in KwaZulu-Natal. A checklist of property on the property have to be taken, and no property will most definitely be eliminated from it.
The Sheriff within the residing used to be urged to enter the property for the inventory, taking a locksmith, if necessary, or by power, and the providers and products of Tracker had been to be venerable to impress and stable the Porsche.
Xulu indicated to News24 that it entails the restitution fee and providers and products rendered to salvage the money encourage to the South African government, to execute up for the loss of the country’s marine resources within the lobster case.
This settlement additionally enthusiastic a carefully brokered settlement with the accused parties within the US, and banks in numerous countries.
“[The] demand is, does it’s going to be achieved for free or [does] the command must pay for this sweat,” Xulu urged News24 in a WhatsApp message when requested for comment.
“Bxi (Xulu) is being paraded as a felony now to no longer be arrested, but victimised,” he said.
First National Bank and Investec Bank must additionally give the division bank statements held by Incovision, Setlacorp and Xulu between 1 July 2019 and the date of the disclose.
The disclose stands until the topic of the R20 million is heard in corpulent.
Xulu had been ordered in January to pay the money encourage by April.
This additionally comes after an application by the division on 6 October, in which Xulu used to be to own paid curiosity by the shut of enterprise on 5 October of R3.4 million and R380 000.
A subsequent disclose on 15 October additionally steer clear off the switch of shares relating to to the Sheffield property’s ownership.
The orders had been handed down within the Western Cape Excessive Court, the place Xulu, coincidentally, has additionally represented Contemplate President John Hlophe on matters running on the Judicial Provider Price.