Pam Zulu in court mix-up

2012-03-06 00:00

WARRANTS of arrest were issued for corruption and fraud accused Jabulani Mabaso and Pamela Bosman-Zulu after they failed to appear in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Bosman-Zulu’s attorney, Naren Sangham, later told The Witness that a simple “misunderstanding about the trial date” resulted in both their non-appearance before Judge Gregory Kruger.

Sangham said he had been in touch with Bosman-Zulu and arranged for her to appear in court today.

“She is flying out immediately from East London and will be here tomorrow,” he said.

Sangham said he had arranged with state advocate Wendy Greef to meet at the court today. Greef has taken over the prosecution following the resignation of advocate Rema Mahabeer.

The investigating officer was still trying to trace Mabaso to execute the warrant of arrest on him.

The two accused face charges of corruption, forgery, fraud and money laundering arising from the award of a tender to Mabaso’s former company, Indiza Infrastructure Solutions, to act as an agent to supply books and stationery for schools.

Mabaso is a prominent businessman in KZN and Bosman-Zulu a former chief financial officer for the KZN Treasury and Department of Education.

The trial was due to start yesterday and run until the end of the month, although The Witness learned that there were a number of obstacles to the trial starting.

One of these is the change of the prosecutor, and another is an ongoing legal battle between Mabaso and the Asset Forfeiture Unit over access to his frozen funds to pay for his defence.

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