Mabaso’s bail bid: judge not swayed

2012-03-16 00:00

THE prosecution is not opposed to bail being granted again to fraud and corruption accused Jabulani Mabaso, whose bail of R1 million was forfeited to the state on Tuesday by Judge Gregory Kruger.

This emerged yesterday when Mabaso appeared in the high court before Acting Judge Kobus Booyens to apply for bail afresh.

It has been submitted on Mabaso’s behalf that it would be disastrous for him professionally and personally if he had to remain in custody until the trial, which has been set down for January 28, 2013.

Booyens postponed the application hearing until next Friday so he can study a transcript of the proceedings before Kruger so he can understand the reason bail was cancelled.

He was not swayed by submissions made on behalf of Mabaso by Johannesburg attorney Eddie Classen, who urged him to decide the case without delay.

Booyens recalled that he had personally warned Mabaso in November last year that he had to appear for trial on March 5.

Classen said it was not disputed that Mabaso had been warned for trial on March 5.

“We accept as a fact that his bail was cancelled on Tuesday, for whatever reason, and that Judge Kruger found that Mr Mabaso was at fault for not appearing in court … but we submit that there are reasons for this court to grant him bail.”

Mabaso’s application is based on his personal circumstances as well as his “exemplary” conduct up until his failure to appear in court on March 5. Mabaso and his co-accused, Pam Bosman-Zulu, face charges of fraud and corruption of around R200 million involving the KZN Education Department through Mabaso’s former company, Indiza Infrastructure Solutions.

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