Mpisane case postponed to January

2013-11-25 18:46
Shauwn Mpisane (Picture: City Press)

Shauwn Mpisane (Picture: City Press)

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Durban - A case in which Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane is accused of interfering with witnesses was postponed to next year in the Pinetown Regional Court on Monday.

Mpisane, who is out on R50 000 bail, will now have to wait until 31 January to see if the State will proceed with the case against her.

It is one of three cases against her.

Mpisane, who is charged with defeating the ends of justice, is accused of contacting one of the witnesses expected to testify in her fraud trial in the Durban Regional Court.

Fraud case

The postponement was granted to await the outcome of representations made to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in the matter of her fraud case.

Last month the Durban Regional Court granted the State a postponement to 31 January in that matter to allow newly appointed NDPP Mxolisi Nxasana time to consider representations made by Mpisane.

Mpisane is accused of inflating the invoices of her close corporation, Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance, and Transport, by R4.7m in an attempt to cut her tax bill.

She is also accused of violating the Close Corporations Act by remaining Zikhulise's sole member when she had a previous fraud conviction.

In July, Rafik Bhana SC, for Mpisane, accused the State of suppressing evidence and questioned prosecutor Meera Naidu's conduct.

Bhana was granted permission and a postponement to make representations to then acting NDPP Nomgcobo Jiba.

Shortly afterwards Naidu was dropped from the case as well as the case in the Pinetown Regional Court.

Naidu had tried unsuccessfully to have the two cases joined.

Separate case

In a separate case before the Durban Commercial Crime Court, Mpisane faces 53 charges of fraud, forgery, and uttering of a forged document.

She is accused of submitting forged documents to obtain Construction Industry Development Board gradings which were then used to win five public works department tenders worth R140m.

That trial is set to start on 21 January.

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