Well done on Majali arrest

2010-10-23 16:03

The police should be commended for arresting controversial

businessman Sandile ­Majali and four others for allegedly hijacking a mining

company in August this year.

Our democracy deserves exemplary leadership on all fronts and what

Majali is accused of having done should be stopped.

The state alleges that Majali and his co-accused removed siblings

Brian Amos Mashile and Daphne Mashile-Nkosi from being directors of Kalahari

Resources on the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro)

database.

Last month the South Gauteng High Court ordered Cipro to reinstate the

two as the company’s directors. Majali has denied the allegations.

Although the hijacking of companies in the country is not new, what

makes this case interesting is that it is the first time people have been

criminally charged for such an offence.

The other interesting part of this case is that two of Majali’s

co-accused – Haralambos Sferopoulous and Stephen Khoza – were patients at the

Sterkfontein mental institution.

Khoza apparently escaped, while Sferopoulous

was still meant to be there.

 Their mental state, magistrate Ashlika Ramlaal

said, should be determined before they are allowed to testify in the case.

The Hawks, the elite crime-busting unit, now has a chance to prove

its worth.


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