Equatorial Guinea vice prez’s superyacht and homes seized in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG— Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue has become the subject of a property seizure in South Africa.

According to South African media outlets, Mangue’s two homes and a superyacht have been seized in connection with a human rights issue.

A businessman named Daniel Janse van Rensburg sued the vice president, who is also the son of the oil-rich nation’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, for unlawful detention and torture for 491 days in an Equatorial Guinean jail, after a business deal went sour in 2013.

He has demanded compensation of about $2.2m.

“We attached two houses… in Cape Town in a formal application two weeks ago and the superyacht last Tuesday,” lawyer Errol Eldson, who is representing the businessman, told a news agency.

Obiang Mangue is no stranger to asset seizures having his properties seized especially in France and Switzerland.