For­mer Scor­pi­ons boss claims he was framed

The Star Late Edition - - METRO - KHAYA KOKO khaya.koko@inl.co.za

FOR­MER Scor­pi­ons direc­tor who is on trial for al­legedly plant­ing a bribe in a State pros­e­cu­tor’s bank ac­count grilled his ac­cuser yes­ter­day, say­ing that the wit­ness was part of a plot or­ches­trated by DA MP Glyn­nis Breyten­bach.

Malala Led­waba – who is a pro­fes­sional lawyer and is rep­re­sent­ing him­self in his fraud, ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and cor­rup­tion case – is ac­cused of de­posit­ing R10 000 into Willem van Zyl’s ac­count a few days be­fore Led­waba’s pre­vi­ous theft trial be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2012.

Led­waba was ac­quit­ted of the charge Jan­uary on ap­peal af­ter a bruis­ing bat­tle.

Breyten­bach and Van Zyl were part of a three-per­son team that un­suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted Led­waba, who al­leged that Breyten­bach was be­ing used by the for­mer na­tional direc­tor of pub­lic prose­cu­tions, Leonard McCarthy.

Breyten­bach was a pros­e­cu­tor in the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) be­fore be­ing em­ployed by the DA as an MP in 2014. in

Yes­ter­day, at the Johannesburg Mag­is­trate’s Court, Led­waba charged that Van Zyl was a dis­hon­est wit­ness who caused him to spend three months in jail by chang­ing his (Led­waba’s) reg­is­tered home ad­dress on the charge sheet, which caused a breach of the bail con­di­tions.

Van Zyl de­nied the al­le­ga­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Led­waba sent his em­ployee, Elvis Manyama (sec­ond ac­cused), to de­posit R10 000 into the bank ac­count of Willem van Zyl, a se­nior State ad­vo­cate at Pre­to­ria’s Spe­cialised Crime Court.

Court pa­pers stated that the fol­low­ing day, Led­waba called the NPA’s anti-cor­rup­tion hot­line and made a “false” re­port that Van Zyl was in­volved in “acts pro­scribed by the pro­vi­sions of the Pre­ven­tion and Com­bat­ing of Cor­rup­tion Ac­tiv­i­ties Act, 2004 (Act of 2004)”.

Van Zyl told the court he spent a cou­ple of days try­ing to es­tab­lish the iden­tity of the de­pos­i­tor.

Led­waba and Manyama have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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