Bo­gus SANDF gen­eral in bid for bail

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SAKHILE ND­LAZI

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.

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