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Mpisane stalling trial, State says

2012-10-26 19:34

Durban - Businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane was delaying her fraud trial, the Durban Regional Court heard on Friday.

"Had the accused not interfered with State witnesses we would have been in a position to proceed with her trial," prosecutor Meera Naidu said.

Naidu was responding to an application brought by Mpisane's lawyer, Jimmy Howse, for her fraud trial to proceed as scheduled on Monday.

Mabongi Flora-Junior "Shauwn" Mpisane is accused of inflating invoices by more than R5m to cut her tax bill.

She is also accused of violating the Close Corporations Act by remaining the sole member of Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance and Transport CC, despite having a fraud conviction.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Last Friday, she was arrested on fresh charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice for allegedly contacting one of the witnesses expected to testify in her fraud trial.

She appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court and was released on bail of R50 000.

The State has applied for the matter in the Pinetown court to be transferred to the Durban Regional Court so the cases could be heard together.

Howse has objected to the State's application, saying this would delay the trial and prejudice Mpisane.

Naidu said: "The Pinetown matter cannot be divorced from the trial because it's one and the same."

She said the State was ready to proceed, but that Mpisane had interfered with a State witnesses 11 days before her trial.

Naidu rejected the defence's argument that it was delaying the trial, saying that after the State was made aware of Mpisane's interfering with witnesses, she was arrested within three days.

"The State made attempts to try to complete investigations so the matter could be placed on the court roll," she said.

Naidu said new charges had been added to the 119 Mpisane was already facing. She now faced 131 charges.

She said if the court objected to joining the cases and amending the charge sheet, Mpisane would find herself attending three different trials, which was not in the interest of justice.

Witnesses could not be expected to attend three trials, she said.

Naidu said Mpisane's lawyers had failed to give details of how she would be prejudiced if a new trial date was set.

The matter was adjourned to Monday for Mpisane's lawyers to formulate a response to the State.

Comments
  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-10-26 20:07

    She's learned from the best at delaying proceedings. After a lengthy trial, costing thousands, if not millions of tax-payers money, she'll probably get off anyway.

      art5SA - 2012-10-26 21:09

      She has just been handed a R400m contract byhe Ethekweni Council.... the question is "WHY"?????????????????????????? This CORRUPT CADRE has to many "CONNECTIONS" in Local Council & Provincial Govt! To the SLAMMER with her!!!! But, once again... she will walk away with a slap on the wrist... and continue living like "ROYALTY"!!!!!!

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-26 21:53

      Does the NPA knows its @@SSSSS from its elbow????? How many cases Zuma's records, Marikana charges, KZN ANC cadres and the list goes on...have they mess-up??

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-26 22:53

      Is this the same 'person' that lives it up in La Lucia? The one that held ostentatious banquets, while the Ferraris & Lambos are parked all over and the armed bodyguards roam around????? PUKE!PUKE!!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-26 20:49

    those who approved the contract to her must also join her in jail..they gave my hard earned money that ethekweni stole from rate payers to her!!! all her assets must be frozen...

  • JamesMWood - 2012-10-26 20:54

    Already a cinvicted fraudster, guess she thought she had learnt how to do it without being caught hahahahahahahaha rot in jail

  • liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-27 00:57

    put her away...... die by the sword....

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-27 09:05

    This Princess has been dodging the law now for far too long. Why is the court pampering to her whims. If she gets off with a slap on the wrist then its time to pack up and leave this country, then we know there is no law in this country and crime does pay. If we have to pay tax then this princess and every other prince and princess must do the same. This case has been carrying on far too long already. Its time to nail her now for a very long time. She can like Sheryl Cwele exchange her designer clothes and her rolls royce for prison clothes and she can ride in the back of a police van. Next, Why with fraud hanging over her head was she given another huge GOVERNMENT CONTRACT please explain that to us. Tell us how Sars gave her a TAX CLEARANCE certificate when she had the case hanging over her head. THIS CORRUPTION HAS GOT TO STOP NOW!!!!!!!! She has also built those dodgy RDP houses, majority of them were scrap thats how this princess made her money, quoting for good quality houses produced nothing more than cardboard quality. Is this what we can expect in the future, people with connections to keep enriching themselves whilst the honest man in the street gets nothing not even a change to tender on a 10th of government contracts, but they dish out tenders for 99 million and 400 million to one person. eish what a corrupt country we are breaking our backs on.

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-27 09:30

      if she is not put away and all contracts with her cancelled, those involved should all be charged and jailed. We cannot afford to have people like this getting any contracts to be paid for with taxes.

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