A Limpopo businessman has been put on trial for alleged fraud involving farm equipment worth R121,000.
Johannes Jakobus Louwrens, 43, appeared before the Polokwane Specialized Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.< /p>
Hawks spokesman Capt Matimba Maluleke said the charges stem from an incident in 2019 in which Louwrens allegedly shipped faulty farming equipment to a customer and failed to repair it. Maluleke said Louwrens did not return the money either.
“In September 2019 the victim allegedly bought agricultural machinery from the defendant’s company for R121,125 and a delivery took place. It is reported that when the victim inspected the machines they found they were faulty and returned them to the company,” Maluleke said. Checking that the machines were repaired, he was unable to reach the accused and the money was never returned .”
Maluleke said the matter had been reported to the Directorate’s Serious Economic Crime Investigation Unit.
“Following a successful investigation, Louwrens was summoned to appear in court the same day” , said Maluleke.
The matter has been postponed to March 4.