Bishop’s sen­tenc­ing post­poned

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THE sen­tenc­ing of a well-known Port El­iz­a­beth church leader con­victed of cor­rup­tion charges in­volv­ing R3 mil­lion was halted in the Port El­iz­a­beth Com­mer­cial Crimes Court yes­ter­day. Bishop Sa­muel Ban­zana was ear­lier found guilty of so­lic­it­ing bribes from a con­struc­tion com­pany to award it ten­ders for build­ing hun­dreds of low-cost RDP houses. De­fence ad­vo­cate Tom Lan­gen­hoven asked the court for time so that a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer could con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and compile a re­port on the con­tri­bu­tions made in Bazana’s house­hold. At the time of the crimes, be­tween 2004 and 2009, Ban­zana was the man­ager of the Mzingisi Devel­op­ment Trust, which ANC vet­eran Go­van Mbeki had founded. The trust builds RDP houses in im­pov­er­ished ar­eas which in­cluded Soweto on Sea, Veeplaas, Westview and Bethels­dorp. The As­set For­fei­ture Unit had since seized Ban­zana’s home and three lux­ury cars worth R2.9 mil­lion in to­tal. The case was post­poned to Septem­ber 14 for the pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer’s re­port. – ANA

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