This is a segment of the article by Ciaran Ryan:
Are crime syndicates operating out of our courts? The Auction Alliance scandal appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. There is mounting evidence of corrupt syndicates operating out of our courts, bankrupting solvent businesses for personal financial gain, and undermining the judiciary and the Constitution.
Are crime syndicates operating out of our courts?
Legal reform campaigner Justin Lewis believes the answer to this question is an unequivocal “yes” and that the court authorities are not only aware of this, they are allowing it to continue.
The presence of crime syndicates in the court system is, to use a legal term, “common cause.” It has been whispered about in the corridors for years, but evidence was hard to come by. The liquidation industry, in particular, seemed to be a particularly rich source of rumours and intrigue. Then along came the Auction Alliance scandal, and the first vapours of a gangrenous infestation started to assault the nostrils. Was there something more here than just a bunch of auctioneers off-loading other people’s properties to their mates at fire-sale prices? Auction Alliance was found to have paid off liquidators, banks and attorneys to send them business, while simultaneously running fake auctions with ghost bidders to artificially drive up prices. It has long been argued that rogue attorneys were using the courts to bankrupt solvent businesses for financial gain, then auctioning off the properties at knock down prices to their mates, who would then off-load them at market prices and pocket the difference.
In February we covered the case of Ian Brakspear, the Durban businessman who was liquidated in 2008 over a R7 million loan he said he neither asked for nor received…
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