Fraudster applies to become advocate

2009-09-23 00:00

HIGH court judges yesterday ruled that former Pietermaritzburg senior public prosecutor Stanley Ngubane must finalise any appeal he might have against two fraud convictions before the court is prepared to consider his application for admission as an advocate in KwaZulu-Natal.

Judge Ron McLaren, with KZN Judge President Vuka Tshabalala, ruled yesterday that Ngubane must pay the legal costs of the current application because his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Society of Advocates of KZN — which is opposed to his admission — has maintained that it is premature.

Ngubane was found guilty on October 8, 2004, on a charge of corruption and two counts of fraud. He was granted leave to appeal and in August 2007 successfully appealed against his conviction for corruption.

But his convictions for fraud were confirmed by the high court along with his sentence of three years’ imprisonment, half of which was suspended.

He has since then petitioned the Supreme court of Appeal for leave to appeal, and that petition is still pending.

According to court papers in support of his application for enrolment as an advocate, Ngubane states that he served six months of his jail sentence. He nonetheless maintains his innocence and terms the fraud charges as being “of a technical nature”.

One charge alleged that he misrepresented his name and identity number to a garage when buying a motor car, and the other that he did the same to Stannic in order to obtain financing for the vehicle.

In a reserved judgment handed down yesterday, Judge McLaren and Judge Tshabalala said they were satisfied that Ngubane’s application for admission as an advocate has been prematurely set down (by Ngubane) for hearing.

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