NDPP asks for reasons for halting Shauwn case

2014-01-17 00:00

THE head of the Special Commercial Crimes Court has until January 20 to submit a detailed report on the reasons for withdrawing charges against prominent Durban businessperson Shauwn Mpisane in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday.

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana said in a statement yesterday he has instructed the report on the reasons to decide if there should be an intervention “in a form of a review or not”.

Nxasana said he had noted the outrage by the members of the public at the withdrawal of the criminal case against Mpisane.

She was arraigned at the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on 55 charges of fraud, forgery and uttering relating to submissions of a false document to the Construction Industry Development Board. The matter was set down for trial to commence on January 21.

“NPA will inform the public on the next course of action in this matter once the NDPP has applied his mind on the matter,” said spokesperson Nathi Mncube.

NPA spokesperson Natasha Ram­kisson said on Wednesday the case was withdrawn because the forensic investigations were incomplete.

Mpisane and her husband, S’bu, left the court building and entered their white Rolls Royce Wraith.

Mpisane’s assets — valued at R70 million, including R28 million in cash — have not been released and may still remain in the custody of the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU).

Mpisane’s assets seized by the AFU included luxury cars, houses and cash. The vehicles were returned last year.

Curator of the assets Trevor White, a director at accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, said he had yet to receive any instruction to release the assets. — Witness Reporter.

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