Suspended MTN boss foils extortion attempt

 ·8 Sep 2013
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Robert Madzonga, suspended MTN SA corporate services executive, has foiled an extortion attempt made against him, reports the City Press newspaper.

Participating in a sting operation with the SA police, Madzonga handed over a R50,000 bribe to a man and a woman at The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, after which they were arrested.

The female suspect approached Madzonga in August 2013, claiming to be close to MTN SA general manager of business risk, Lily Zondo. The male suspect claimed to be working with the National Intelligence Agency and the Hawks.

The pair are alleged to have demanded R300,000 from Madzonga to make the ongoing investigations against him go away.

Police said that the pair will appear in court on charges of extortion and fraud. Neither were found to be working for either MTN or SA state agencies. Police are conducting further investigations.

MTN declined to comment.

MTN vs Madzonga

MTN suspended Madzonga because he allegedly authorised R12.3 million in questionable payments to a legal friend.

However, Madzonga has argued that he was suspended because of an internal grievance claim against senior manager, Lily Zondo.

Zondo accused Madzonga of receiving some of the money paid to former communications minister Dina Pule’s boyfriend Phosa Mngqibisa, as a management fee for the ICT indaba in 2012.

There is an ongoing defamation cas between Madzonga and Zondo.

Source: City Press (8 September 2013)

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