Perumal admitted to hospital

2011-12-08 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality deputy manager Kevin Perumal (42) was admitted to hospital on Monday and is suffering from “unstable angina”, according to a medical certificate handed to the regional court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Perumal was reinstated in his post in October after successfully defending disciplinary action taken against him by the municipality. He is facing criminal charges, which date back to 2007, in the regional court arising from the alleged abuse of travel and subsistence claims totalling just under R30 000.

Perumal’s trial started in December 2010 and has proceeded erratically since then. It ground to a halt on July 27 after he dismissed his previous attorney, Naren Sangham, because Sangham may be asked to give evidence on behalf of Perumal during the trial.

When the case resumed before magistrate Chris van Vuuren yesterday, Perumal was represented by advocate Christo van Schalkwyk SC (instructed by Siva Chetty attorneys).

Van Schalkwyk handed the court a letter from Dr Y. Mahomed who is treating Perumal in Medi-Clinic Hospital.

The note states that Perumal had been admitted as an in-patient at the hospital suffering from “unstable angina” and will have to undergo an angiogram and further tests.

It states that although Perumal is due to be discharged tomorrow, he may be re-admitted depending on the results of further tests.

State advocate Rema Mahabeer said that in the circumstances the state is obliged to agree with the defence request for the case to be postponed until Monday, though it did so reluctantly.

The court issued a routine warrant for Perumal’s arrest, but ordered that the execution of the warrant be stayed until Monday.

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