Another de­lay in Lukhanji R7m theft trial

The Rep - - ROUND & ABOUT - By Zo­lile Men­zelwa

THE death of a at­tor­neys in the theft case in­volv­ing R7-mil­lion from Lukhanji Mu­nic­i­pal­ity's main ac­count over Easter week­end five years ago has caused yet another de­lay to the trial.

The Rep re­ported (“Trial de­lay in R7m theft case,” May 22) that the case was set for trial from May 19 to 22 and June 22 to 26. It was post­poned as at­tor­ney for Senqu mu­nic­i­pal clerk Buhle Mayeza, Sithem­bele Modi of S Modi At­tor­neys, had re­quested time to in­struct an ad­vo­cate. The ac­cused are Lady Grey po­lice con­sta­ble Thu­lani Mkefu, East Lon­don so­cial de­vel­op­ment IT man­ager Andisiwe Mr­webi and Molteno po­lice clerk Simphiwe Makasi.

Makasi con­fessed and was sen­tenced to three years im­pris­on­ment un­der cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion. Mkefu and Makasi had­been fired from the po­lice ser­vice af­ter an in­ter­nal probe but ap­pealed. Po­lice spokesman war­rant of­fi­cer Namhla Mdle­leni said no re­sponse had been re­ceived on the duo's ap­peal.

In a tele­phonic in­ter­view, Modi said the case had to be post­poned again fol­low­ing the death of Mkefu's at­tor­ney Mnce­disi Somh­lahlo of Vellem Somh­lahlo At­tor­neys. The Rep re­ported (“Qtn at­tor­ney stabbed, dead,” June 12) that Somh­lahlo had been found stabbed be­hind in Mlungisi. The rea­son for the de­lay was also that state pros­e­cu­tor Elna Smit would only be avail­able on Fe­bru­ary 22 2016.

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