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Durban - The State has thrown the book at suspended uShaka Marine World chief executive Shawn Thompson, who was initially charged with two counts of corruption.
It has added to his charge sheet 21 more counts of fraud and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act.
Thompson, 47, was arrested in August after an investigation by the police commercial crime unit and is out on bail of R5 000.
On Thursday he appeared briefly in the Commercial Crime Court and his attorney, Nasser Ally, was handed the new charge sheet.
The State was also ordered to hand over statements from the docket to Ally on Monday.
The case was adjourned to next month for a pre-trial conference to be held.
According to the charge sheet, Thompson is accused of having abused his position as chief executive in that, in 2009, he submitted invoices for, and authorised, two payments amounting to R13 172 from uShaka to Villa Coco Guest House - a Durban North establishment - for the accommodation of three people.
The three, including two Indian chefs, were guests of uShaka.
The State alleges that the guest house was owned by Chapelgate CC and Thompson was the sole member of the closed corporation.
The charge sheet says Thompson directed his personal assistant Lynn Crouch to make the bookings despite proper supply chain management processes not being followed.
According to uShaka’s policies, staff are required to obtain a verbal or written quotation for services.
The policies were also contravened as Thompson’s company was not allowed to trade with uShaka.
The charge sheet also alleges that Thompson told the Municipal Public Accounts Committee in March 2011 that his wife’s bed and breakfast establishment had been booked by Crouch for the guests without his knowledge.
In addtion he has been charged under the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act for accepting a benefit as the sole member of the company which amounted to an “illegal, dishonest and unauthorised or biased exercise”.
Thompson was suspended by uShaka’s board shortly after his arrest .
On Thursday when contacted for comment, Thompson said there had been no new allegations made against him.
“It appears that they have added additional charges.
“But all of it refers to the two transactions which were approved by uShaka’s board of directors.
“I also made a full financial disclosure about the two payments in the 2010 financial year statements.
“The court process will now unfold and I will get the opportunity to put my case forward so I can then get back to work.”