Former NYDA head case postponed

2014-06-09 12:14
Andile Lungisa (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Former National Youth Development Agency head Andile Lungisa and three others appeared in the Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday on charges of fraud and money laundering.

Lungisa, his wife Ursula Sali, Thabo Shogolo, and Xolisile Guquza would be back in court on 8 July, after the matter was postponed due to defence lawyer Thabo Kwinana's absence.

Prosecutor Ronel Dookun and Lungisa, along with his co-accused, were mystified about Kwinana's absence. Neither could reach him on Monday morning.

"The State is in the dark as to how to proceed with this matter further," Dookun said.

"[The State] has no reason as to his [Kwinana's] absence today."

New representation

She said the matter had been ready for trial for a year.

"Every postponement has been occasioned at the behest of the defence."

Lungisa, when questioned by Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi, said he and his co-accused should look into getting new representation.

"Our attorney, we have communicated with him. We are surprised he is not here," he said.

"[We] would look into getting a new lawyer."

Nemavhidi urged Lungisa and his co-accused to get themselves organised.

"You are delaying the due process of law. I will urge you to go sort things out with your counsel... I want progress in this matter," he said.

Shogolo said he understood new evidence had been added to the case, and he sought to have his passport made available to him, in preparation of his defence.

Only a charge sheet

On both points, Nemavhidi said applications could be made to the court by their lawyer.

"I don't know what you were doing between 17 April and today," he said.

"The State would never refuse to furnish you with information."

On their last appearance on 17 April, which also led to a postponement, Kwinana said he had only the charge sheet and needed further particulars to answer to the case with clarity.

On Monday, Dookun told the court Kwinana had not contacted the State at all in relation to this request since 17 April.

The four are accused of accepting and sharing among themselves R2.5m paid by the arts and culture department for the Nelson Mandela Sports Day concert.

They allegedly promised that US singer R Kelly would perform at the concert, but he did not.

Previously, Lungisa and Shogolo were granted bail of R10 000 each, Guquza was granted R5 000 bail, and Sali was released on a warning.

They were arrested in October after handing themselves over to the Hawks.
- SAPA
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