Confusion over Mandla Mandela's alleged bigamy case

2012-02-18 00:00

A day after police and National Prosecuting Authority spokespersons confirmed that controversial ANC MP Mandla Mandela had failed to appear in court for alleged bigamy, there has been a row back . By late afternoon confusion reigned.

While police spokesman Lieutenant-Col Muzikusi Fatyela confirmed to Sapa today that Mandela was supposed to have appeared in court yesterday, Mandela’s new divorce lawyer , Bertus Preller, said he and his client were unaware that he should have been there.

In fact they had been consulting with counsel on the financial settlement which Mandela wanted to offer his estranged wife, Thando Mabuna-Mandela, and they were not aware he was due in court.

Preller, was also in the dark about NPA spokesman Luxolo Tyali’s comments to The Witness, that there had been discussions with Mandela’s attorney about the MP appearing in the Bityi Periodic Court on Monday instead.

Adding to the confusion, was the reported comments from various parties in the matter, including Preller, that a warrant had been issued, but not executed.

Preller explained that he had been advised two weeks ago by the plaintiff’s attorney that a warrant would be issued and had been referring to that.

This afternoon, however, Tyali told The Witness that no warrant had been issued.

Police had instead been trying to give Mandela “a warning statement” , but the MP was allegedly not co-operating.

In fact the NPA was still awaiting the docket from police to decide whether to charge Mandela with bigamy, said Tyali.

Preller said he had spoken to the NPA and pledged that his client would co-operate and appear in court if arrangements were made and the charge sheet served on him

He told the Witness on Friday night that he believed Mandela had a very good defence and that he didn’t think there was much substance to the charge laid against his client by Mabuna-Mandela.

For more on this story, see Monday’s Witness.

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