A mansion to die for

A mansion to die for

How did a cop in the Durban Metro Police come to be lord of a R17-million manor?

The identity of the person living at 88 Addison Drive, La Lucia (a spectacular resort made famous by the Oppenheimers many decades ago as a seaside destination for the rich and famous) has in recent months been the subject of intense speculation amongst the locals: is he/she a rock star? A rap artist? Arms dealer? Oil baron? It had to be someone flash who took up residence in the mansion bought last year – at auction – for R17m. It has since been extensively renovated.

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Submitted by : Dee Froud-Reid of Sandton on 2008-05-27 18:12:36
welcome to africa people......
Submitted by : LEON AHLERS of DURBAN on 2008-05-20 16:10:31
Can this cop prove that he has aquired these assets by legal means and that his income has been properly declared to SARS? If not surely the assets forfeiture unit is entitled to confiscate the assets until such time as it can be proved that they are from legal gain?

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Submitted by : Patrick Wright of NOORDHOEK on 2008-05-19 09:37:32
Quite obviously, the corruption and bribery happening in the police force and general bureaucracy has reached epidemic proportions. Every day something happens which highlights this fact. It's a sad state of affairs which was not nearly as acute under the old apartheid regime. Whilst we all know that they were a bad lot, such blatant criminality, irregularities and tax evasion as is reported above would not have been allowed to continue. The african way is corrupt and there seems to be no way back anymore .
It's a sad state of affairs and one can understand why whites are leaving the country in droves.
Submitted by : Craig Maartens of Ballito on 2008-05-07 06:40:11
There are numerous factual errors in your otherwise well written article, there weren't "dozens of passersby" wounded in the gunfight out side the Supreme Court. Nor were the suspects walking towards the court when they were confronted by Sgt van Zyl, they were running away from it. I know, I was a lead investigator in the case and attended the scene that day.
Submitted by : Anthony Krijger of Westville on 2008-04-30 10:57:17
I am totally stunned. No wonder the ANC want the Scorpions to go away! I'm surprised that neither the Scorpions nor the very efficient SARS officials have investigated this amazing story.

No wonder nothing will happen to Jackie Selebi, Robert McBride or Prince Sifiso Zulu whose car killed 2 and injured a dozen people in a hit and run accident.

Clearly there is a law for us citizens and none whatsoever for those who make the laws.
Submitted by : Toni Goncalves of Johannesburg on 2008-04-25 21:44:11
words fail.
Submitted by : Alan Holton of Sedgefield on 2008-04-25 08:58:35
When I read about this kind of activity, I am strongly reminded of Y B Yeats' prophetic "Second Coming"
Turning and turning in the widening gyre,
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

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