The Black First Land First (BLF) party on Wednesday laid charges against businessman Johann Rupert and 16 other high profile officials and business people‚ accusing them of stealing R26bn from the Reserve Bank. BLF national deputy co-ordinator Tshidiso Tsimong confirmed the case was opened at the Hillbrow Police Station. "Our case is currently sitting with the police. The matter will be escalated to the Hawks. That’s what the police told us‚" he said. BLF alleges that Rupert and other "white capitalists stole from the people" when money was allegedly siphoned from state coffers through various schemes towards the end of the apartheid era. The allegations first came to light when UK-based investigation and asset recovery firm Ciex produced a report naming Absa‚ Nedbank‚ Sanlam and Remgro‚ of which Rupert is non-executive chair‚ and other companies. The report detailed the misuse of government funds by the apartheid government and made recommendations on how the money should be recove...

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