Bogus SANDF general in bid for bail
PETRUS “The General” Ndaba yesterday told the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court that he could afford anything between R10 000 and R50 000 if granted bail.
The court heard arguments from the defence and the State about Ndaba’s bail application.
Defence counsel, advocate Jurg Prinsloo, said the State’s case was weak and lacked credibility.
“Mr Ndaba is conducting his own organisation using his own rules. Nowhere can it be proved that he was running it parallel to the SANDF,” Prinsloo said.
There was also no evidence that the 259 people were given military training as stated by the prosecutor.
Prinsloo said Ndaba’s Amabutho Royal Defence Military War Veterans was not a secret organisation – it was even recognised by the Presidency.
But the prosecutor, advocate Ronnie Sibanda, presented photos to the magistrate that showed Ndaba wearing his camouflage with medals bestowed only by the president.
“How did Mr Ndaba get those medals… because they are bestowed by the president, and the president only?” he asked.
Sibanda described Ndaba as an “extraordinary man” who was highly intelligent and brainwashed people. “He, therefore, needs to remain in custody before he does any further brainwashing,” he said.
The case was postponed to today, when the magistrate was to give his verdict on the bail bid.
Charges against Ndaba include kidnapping, assault, fraud and crimen injuria. He was arrested for allegedly luring and scamming 259 people into believing they would be trained and integrated into the SANDF for a fee.
The recruitment scam became public knowledge last week when a group of people, aged between 18 and 30, were seen on the streets in Karen Park, Pretoria.
They had bags, blankets and other belongings with them and said they had been evicted from a house in the suburb because of unpaid rent. Local police then arrested Ndaba, who allegedly styles himself as leader of the Amabutho Royal Defence.
The victims were recruited mostly from KwaZulu-Natal and had reportedly paid between R300 and R800 for registration, R1 800 for training, as well as R200 a month since last year.
Ndaba underwent basic military training and was appointed in the SANDF in the rank of a private, which he was at the time of his arrest.