SABC fraud: Lawyer gets R20 000 bail

2012-02-29 12:27

A Johannesburg lawyer, implicated in a fraud scandal at the SABC, was granted bail of R20 000 today by the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court.

Lawyer Sylvester Sithole is charged with former SABC legal services boss Mafika Sihlali.

Sihlali is alleged to have received R2.5 million kickbacks through his football club account.

Police say Sihlali awarded Sithole’s now deregistered law firm, Sylvester Baliseni Sithole (SBS) Incorporated, a R6 million contract while he was still the SABC legal services head.

This was not necessary as the public broadcaster had enough capacity to conduct its own legal services, according to Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela.

Sithole allegedly returned the favour by paying Sihlali R2.5 million in kickbacks.

Sithole is a former business partner of former communications minister and ANC bigwig Siphiwe Nyanda.

A highly-placed source close to the case told City Press that the charge sheet was yet to be finalised against the two.

“They will in all likelihood face fraud, corruption and money laundering charges,” said the source, who did not want to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Their fraud case was postponed to May 3 for further investigations. At his February 15 court appearance, Sihlali was granted R15 000 bail after his arrest the same morning.

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