Judge warns fraud accused Bosman-Zulu, Mabaso still at large

2012-03-07 00:00

FRAUD and corruption accused Pamela Bosman-Zulu was warned yesterday that the next time she fails to appear in court her bail will be cancelled and she’ll await her trial in jail.

This stern warning was issued yesterday by Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Gregory Kruger, who told Bosman-Zulu he regarded her non-appearance in court on Monday as “very serious”.

“You are in contempt of court,” he told Bosman-Zulu, who flew in from East London and handed herself over at court yesterday after a warrant for her arrest was issued on Monday.

Her co-accused, businessman Jabulani Mabaso, is still being sought by the police after he too failed to appear.

Bosman-Zulu and her attorney, Naren Sangham, apologised to the court for her non-appearance which they explained was due to a misunderstanding about the trial date.

Sangham said his 2012 diary incorrectly reflected the trial was due to start on March 30.

Bosman-Zulu said she too understood that to be the case, but Judge Kruger was not impressed. He said it was the second time she has not appeared in court when scheduled to do so and there would be “no more chances” for her if she repeats her conduct.

Asking if she was “hard of hearing” since she was in court when the trial was fixed previously, he repeated his warning to her and asked her to confirm she understood the position, which she then did.

At the request of state advocate Wendy Greef, the judge cancelled the warrant of arrest issued on Bosman-Zulu. She is on bail of R30 000.

Mabaso’s bail of R1 million was yesterday provisionally cancelled by Judge Kruger. Police will attempt to trace Mabaso and arrest him before the next court date on March 13. This is a holding date, and the trial will not start on that day.

The accused are charged with corruption, forgery, fraud and money laundering linked to the award of a tender to Mabaso’s former company, Indiza Infrastructure Solutions, to supply books and stationery to schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The offences were allegedly committed between 2005 and 2007.

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