As much as I have tried to report and comment fairly on the Simon Nash pension fund saga, I have been dogged by false and defamatory accusations from his camp, with many of these false claims being sent by Nash’s spin doctor, Lance Rothschild, to senior people at Independent Newspapers.
Nash, executive chairman of appliance company Cadac, is currently standing trial on charges of fraud, theft and contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act arising from the alleged fraudulent stripping of retirement fund surpluses from the Sable and Cullinan/Powerpack retirement funds.
I am not the only one who has been subjected to smears from the Nash camp. Nash and his cohorts have attempted, in the most disgraceful way and without an iota of proof, to smear people at the Financial Services Board, National Treasury and National Prosecuting Authority; Tony Mostert, the curator of two retirement funds from which Nash allegedly stripped surpluses in the 1990s; and the Cadac Pension Fund from which, among other things, it is alleged he used cash partly to finance his legal costs.
The Nash camp’s latest move to intimidate me has been a complaint by Rothschild to the Press Ombudsman, Johan Retief.
The complaint related to a column I wrote in January on the smear campaign, based on a court judgment that confirmed Mostert as the curator of Cadac Pension Fund.