Another delay in Lukhanji R7m theft trial
THE death of a attorneys in the theft case involving R7-million from Lukhanji Municipality's main account over Easter weekend five years ago has caused yet another delay to the trial.
The Rep reported (“Trial delay in R7m theft case,” May 22) that the case was set for trial from May 19 to 22 and June 22 to 26. It was postponed as attorney for Senqu municipal clerk Buhle Mayeza, Sithembele Modi of S Modi Attorneys, had requested time to instruct an advocate. The accused are Lady Grey police constable Thulani Mkefu, East London social development IT manager Andisiwe Mrwebi and Molteno police clerk Simphiwe Makasi.
Makasi confessed and was sentenced to three years imprisonment under correctional supervision. Mkefu and Makasi hadbeen fired from the police service after an internal probe but appealed. Police spokesman warrant officer Namhla Mdleleni said no response had been received on the duo's appeal.
In a telephonic interview, Modi said the case had to be postponed again following the death of Mkefu's attorney Mncedisi Somhlahlo of Vellem Somhlahlo Attorneys. The Rep reported (“Qtn attorney stabbed, dead,” June 12) that Somhlahlo had been found stabbed behind in Mlungisi. The reason for the delay was also that state prosecutor Elna Smit would only be available on February 22 2016.