Former Scorpion accused of bribing prosecutor

2014-07-31 11:57

Former Scorpions advocate Jeff Ledwaba allegedly had R10 000 paid into the account of the prosecutor handling his fraud and theft case in an attempt to sabotage it.

The state alleged that the next day, Ledwaba called the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) anticorruption line and reported advocate Willem van Zyl as corrupt, Beeld reported today.

Ledwaba was appearing in the Johannesburg Regional Court with Elvis Manyana – who allegedly made the deposit – on charges of defeating the ends of justice, fraud, and corruption.

Ledwaba and Manyana will be back in court next month.

According to a statement by Lieutenant Colonel Rosina Schickerling, the money was deposited into Van Zyl’s account in Sunnyside, Pretoria, on October 29 2012.

He was not expecting payment and reported it to the NPA, the police and the bank.

Van Zyl had taken over the prosecution after advocate Glynnis Breytenbach’s suspension by the NPA.

The cellphone number on the deposit slip belonged to Livingstone Gabara who said he had made a deposit for Manyana.

Records show that Ledwaba made four calls to Manyana on that day and withdrew R10 000.

Ledwaba had challenged a successful forensic voice match based on the telephonic tip-off and wanted one to be done overseas.

He is out on bail.

The NPA’s internal investigation found no grounds for the allegations against Van Zyl.

Ledwaba was found guilty in the original fraud and theft case and is expected to be sentenced tomorrow.

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