Cape Argus

ANC joyous at court outcome

- (ANA) African News Agency

HUNDREDS of jubilant ANC supporters gathered and sang outside the East London Magistrate’s Court where fraud charges against an Eastern Cape ANC leader and others implicated in the Nelson Mandela memorial scandal were withdrawn for the time being.

Police spokespers­on Captain Hazel Mqala said the ANC members were at court to support ANC regional chairperso­n Pumlani Mkolo.

National Prosecutin­g Authority (NPA) spokespers­on Bulelwa Makeke confirmed that the charges were provisiona­lly withdrawn yesterday

Makeke said their intention was to bring the case back to court when the NPA was ready to proceed. Those implicated included Mkolo, former Buffalo City mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and others.

National Director of Public Prosecutio­ns Shamila Batohi had earlier expressed serious concern over the withdrawal of the case.

In a statement last week, the prosecutin­g authority said: “The NPA is concerned at this turn of events and has asked for an urgent report on the reason for the delays and what action will be taken to ensure that the matters are placed back on the roll as soon as possible.

“This matter is one of the high-profile matters on the anti-corruption task team’s list, which should have received priority.”

The accused had faced charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering relating to alleged fraudulent diversion of funds from the Buffalo City municipali­ty meant for a funeral service for former president Nelson Mandela. |

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