A former senior executive of Boxer Superstores, a subsidiary of Pick n Pay, who was in charge of importing meat for all 250 stores in SA, has been accused of taking kickbacks from suppliers. David Brandsma, who resigned in August 2017 from his position as national food executive, was responsible for buying R40m worth of meat products every month, appeared in Durban’s Commercial Crime Court on Thursday along with his wife Beverley and two of his suppliers, Frederick Hume and Jeffrey Knight. They are facing hundreds of charges of corruption, money laundering and fraud. In a statement to the court, prosecutor Wendy O’Brien said the butchery department in each store had the “highest sales and profitability” and were critical to the success of each supermarket. Brandsma had been employed in 2011. In June 2017, while he was on holiday in the Seychelles, other employees at Boxer discovered that certain invoices, all from suppliers introduced to the company by Brandsma, appeared to be infla...

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