According to the decision by the Lesotho High Court, Mr. Du Plooy pleaded guilty to bribery and in September 2003, was sentenced to pay a fine of US$67,114. (Source: R v Du Plooy (CRI/T/111/1999), 2003 LSHC 122). The case arose out of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which the Lesotho Court of Appeal as "ne of the biggest and most ambitious dam projects in the world, which entailed inter alia the construction of the Katse Dam in a remote and inaccessible part of the highlands of Lesotho." (Source: In the matter between: Ephraim Masupha Sole and The Crown, Lesotho Court of Appeals, Case (CRI) 5 OF 2002, Judgment dated April 13, 2003). According to the 2003 Lesotho Court of Appeal judgment, the High Court of Lesotho had found Masupha Ephraim Sole, chief executive of the Lesotho Highlands Development Agency, guilty of accepting bribes from various multinational companies that were attempting to secure contracts related to the project. In an earlier dispute involving Mr. Sole, the government hired Ernst and Young, whose audit discovered that Mr. Sole had Swiss bank accounts into which the project contractors and consultants had placed large sums of money. Four multinational companies also were convicted or pleaded guilty in the case. (Please see other Lesotho Highlands Water Project entries.)
According to the Lesotho Court of Appeal, Mr. Masupha Ephraim Sole, chief executive of the Lesotho Highlands Development Agency, was found guilty of accepting bribes from various multinational companies in connection with the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. According to the decision by the Lesotho High Court, Mr. Du Plooy pleaded guilty to bribery and in September 2003, was sentenced to pay a fine of US$67,114. (Source: R v Du Plooy (CRI/T/111/1999), 2003 LSHC 122).
R v Du Plooy (CRI/T/111/1999), 2003 LSHC 122, accessed at http://www.lesotholii.org/ls/judgment/high-court/2003/122; In the Matter between Ephraim Masupha Sole and the Crown, in the Appeal Court of Lesotho, C. of A. (CRI) 5 of 2002, CRI/T/111/91, April 2, 3, and 14, 2003; "Case Study: The Lesotho bribery prosecutions," Paper presented by LL Thetsane and GH Penzhorn SC, at the Conference on the Protection and Optimization of Public Funds - the Cooperation between National and International Authorities," Rabat, May 14-16, 2007. World Bank, "World Bank Sanctions Lahmeyer International for Corrupt Activities in Bank-Financed Projects," Press Release No: 129/2007/INT, November 6, 2006, accessed at http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:21116129~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html; European Anti-Fraud Office Press Release, "Three European Companies Guilty in African Aid Fraud Case," October 3, 2006, accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/cases/aid_en.html. Lesotho Highlands Water Project, at http://ipocafrica.org which also provides a list and links to relevant documents.