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Fana Hlongwane Biography

Fana Hlongwane is a South African politician and businessman. He is mainly known for his association with the South African Arms Deal while he was the adviser to defence minister Joe Modise from 1995 to 1998. Hlongwane studied towards a law degree in the former Soviet Union.

His various companies, Ngwane Defence, Truvelo, Les Amis (Pty) Ltd, Hlongwane Consulting, channeled around 200 million Rand from British Aerospace which is alleged to be bribes distributed around the ANC. Swedish authorities say that R24 million was paid to Hlongwane in 2003. Former British Aerospace project manager Bernard Collier paid R7 million in April 2007 to Hlongwane as a consultant via the company Ivema, itself 51% owned by Hlongwane through Ngwane Defence Holdings.

Fana Hlongwane name has become synonymous with a high-flying lifestyle in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs and he also goes by the name “Styles” because of his taste for the good things in life.

He has been described as a smooth operator never shy to advertise his close association with the late former defence minister, Joe Modise, and others in the ANC’s top hierarchy.

Hlongwane is the chairman of the Ngwane Group of defence companies, which concentrates on the technological development of military land-vehicle systems. He is also the director of about 20 odd enterprises and a former director of parastatal arms manufacturer, Denel.

Former defence force chief, General Siphiwe Nyanda, joined the Ngwane group in 2005 as its CEO.

Both are said to have left fairly well-off families in the 1970s to join Umkhonto weSizwe and later ascended to its High Command.

Holden wrote: “Attached to the request, which was granted by South African investigators in January 2007, were a series of damning allegations. According to the application, there existed a complex web of agents and intermediaries who had batted for BAe in South Africa. In particular, the allegations fingered one Fana Hlongwane.”

Hlongwane has also been linked to other figures implicated in the SFO investigation, including Richard Charter, a former BAe agent who died in a mysterious accident on the Orange River in 2004.

The two men were directors of the company Tsebe Properties, which is also linked to Osprey Aerospace – another of Charter’s companies that is subject to the SFO’s investigation.

Hlongwane and Modise, along with the late foreign minister Alfred Nzo, were also linked to three companies – Liselo, Marvol, and Marvotech – run by a Russian arms dealer, Mark Voloshin, who is alleged to have been an apartheid-era sanctions-buster. Voloshin now owns a Boland wine estate.

Modise died on 26th November 2001 with numerous allegations in the then unfolding arms deal corruption scandal hanging over his head.

Among the other companies in the Ngwane Group’s stable are tracker-device company Ivema, which “provides innovative and specialised solutions for defence, security, and humanitarian aid clients”, according to its website.

Hlongwane is also involved in Uri Vehicle Manufacturing, Ngwane Aerospace, and Ngwane Health.

Fana Hlongwane State Capture Inquiry

During his testimony at the State Capture Inquiry, former Deputy Finance minister Mcebisi Jonas retold of how Hlongwane tricked him into a meeting with the Gupta family and Duduzane Zuma.

According to Jonas, Hlongwane had informed him that the Guptas would be able to offer many positives to the state. He then put Jonas in touch with Duduzane Zuma who encouraged him to go with him to the Guptas Saxonwold home for a meeting.

Once he arrived, the Guptas offered him R600m (that’s not a mistake) to take up the position of Finance Minister. He was even offered R600 000 in cash right then to “show how serious” the Guptas were.

Jonas was warned not to tell anyone about the meeting because they “had information to destroy his political career”. At one point Jonas was even threatened with death.

Jonas refused all bribes but while this was all going on, Hlongwane and Zuma werre said to have sat in the room and looked on.

It is not yet clear if Hlongwane will be called to testify during the State Capture Inquiry.
Vytjie Mentor Reverses her statements on Fana Hlongwane – State Capture Inquiry

On Friday, 16th November 2018, Vytjie Mentor admitted that she may have incorrectly identified a man she was introduced to by Duduzane Zuma as Fana Hlongwane during her testimony at the Zondo commission into state capture.

In a letter sent by law firm Webber Wentzel to the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Mentor states that after having given testimony, she decided to view images of Fana Hlongwane on the internet.

She states that after reflecting on the images she had come to realise that they were “not of the person [she] was introduced to by Mr Duduzane Zuma on the Emirates flight as ‘Chairman’”.

In August 2018, Mentor testified to the commission that Transnet had booked her a first-class ticket to China on Emirates via Dubai.