THE Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has asked the Port Elizabeth High Court to grant an order allowing for the assets of a prominent Port Elizabeth church leader to be forfeited to the state.
In May, the court granted the AFU a preservation order to seize a more than R1.5-million Theescombe house, a BMW 7 series sedan valued at R775912, a BMW 1 series 120i convertible valued at R193000 and a Nissan Pathfinder SUV valued at R473616 belonging to Mzukisi Banzana.
Banzana, the bishop at the Umzi Wase Topiya church in New Brighton, was the general manager of the Mzingisi Development Trust formed in 1992 by the business community and politicians, including late ANC stalwart Raymond Mhlaba.
Banzana is at the centre of allegations regarding transactions with the trust's service providers, MOM Construction. Brothers Wentzel Meyers and Jochelyn Meyers were at the helm of the company at the time.
Banzana claimed in court papers he was not aware of the Meyers' intentions when he received R2.9-million in four installments from them, and accepted it "innocently".
Judgment was reserved.