Former chief prosecutor in court
Johannesburg - Former West Rand chief prosecutor Andre "Lampies" Lamprecht and a Lenasia detective appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court on racketeering and corruption charges on Friday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.
Lamprecht and Moses Moshe Matsau brought to 14 the number of people arrested in a case relating to several allegedly false cases opened against the business rivals of a man who ran a bakery.
NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said Lamprecht faced a total of 11 charges.
The 14 face a total of 40 charges, including racketeering, corruption, defeating the ends of justice, extortion, and conspiracy to commit these offences.
"In some of the allegations, some innocent people were convicted and sentenced to jail terms although evidence was allegedly fabricated while manipulating the legal system," said Mhaga.
The NPA was worried and hoped that there were no cases not yet detected where innocent people were serving sentences under similar circumstances.
Some people had finished their sentences, but some were still awaiting trial and prosecution stopped when the NPA intervened, said Mhaga.
Lamprecht was granted R5 000 bail and his case was postponed to November 11.
Stock theft case
Motsau was denied bail because of a pending stock theft case in the Free State.
His case was postponed to October 17 for a bail application.
Earlier, the Hawks said the two were arrested in Moroka, Soweto, on Friday.
Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said: "The suspects are alleged to have colluded in manipulating the justice system to benefit themselves and businessmen."
Their arrests were connected to arrests made in September involving five policemen, a senior prosecutor, two attorneys, and four businessmen.
A man who ran a bakery apparently sought to eliminate competition from people who had left his company to start out on their own.
"The arrests are a culmination of an investigation that started in December last year," said Polela.
Those who were arrested in September would also appear in court again on November 11.