Captain KGB's second bid for bail postponed

2018-02-26 20:24
Morris “Captain KGB” Tshabalala as he leaves the Commercial Crimes Court in Tshwane. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

Morris “Captain KGB” Tshabalala as he leaves the Commercial Crimes Court in Tshwane. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

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Pretoria – Former Crime Intelligence officer Morris "Captain KGB" Tshabalala's second bid for bail was postponed on Monday after his legal team experienced difficulty obtaining the evidence they needed.

Tshabalala lodged a fresh bail application, based on new facts, in the Commercial Crimes Court in Tshwane, after his first bail application, in the same court, was dismissed in January.

His advocate, Annelene Van den Heever, told the court that it was their intention to proceed with the bail application. However, due to the "contentious" nature of the case, they ran into difficulty securing evidence.

Van den Heever also asked the court to assist it by subpoenaing certain witnesses and prosecutor Chris Smith agreed to assist.

READ: 'Captain KGB' claims he didn't knowingly evade prison – 'I thought appeal had succeeded'

In January, Magistrate Nicola Setshoege dismissed Tshabalala's first bail application, finding that he had failed to prove that it would be in the interest of justice for the court to release him.

Setshoege added that there was no evidence to prove that he would not interfere with witnesses or that he would comply with bail conditions.

Setshoege also said the fact that "Captain KGB" had failed to report to serve a prison sentence, after his appeal against an armed robbery conviction was dismissed in 1994, was proof of this.

While evading a prison sentence for more than 15 years, Tshabalala joined the South African Police Service and obviously failed to disclose his previous conviction, the magistrate added.

"There cannot be any guarantee that any bail condition can be effectively monitored."

'Unoblivious to evading prison'

"Captain KGB" claimed that he did he did not knowingly or intentionally evade his 10-year prison sentence and explained that his legal representatives at the time told him his appeal was successful.

But, according to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), Tshabalala never reported to serve his prison sentence and was on the run. He then joined the police, working for Crime Intelligence until he was rearrested in 2013.

According to the State, after Tshabalala was rearrested, he was dismissed from the police and spent two and a half years in prison while allegedly still receiving a salary from Crime Intelligence. 

"Information received from sources is that he continued to receive a salary," Smith told the court during the first bail application.

After he was released, he was re-enlisted in the police service, before resigning to become an undercover agent for Crime Intelligence, according to IPID.

However, police have dismissed these claims by IPID. Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo told News24 that Tshabalala has not been on their system or payroll since he was dismissed in 2013.

Tshabalala has been charged with fraud, theft and corruption, which relates to the submission of alleged fraudulent invoices to the tune of R563 005, sourced for blinds and curtains for safe houses in Pretoria.

The invoices were submitted by "Captain KGB" and authorised by a major general, and the sum was paid out in cash.

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IPID alleges that Tshabalala sourced a quote from Umwezo Wethu Promotions CC for R270 000, but requested R478 900 to be paid to him from the Crime Intelligence secret service account.

He allegedly pocketed R208 900, and then received an additional R50 000 as a kickback from Umwezo Wethu Promotions.

In another transaction, he allegedly requested R85 105 from Crime Intelligence, but only paid the same company R39 500, pocketing R45 605.

During Tshabalala's first bail application it was also revealed that he is being investigated for a R50m budget allocated to him during the ANC's 2012 elective conference in Mangaung, that "was not properly accounted for".

According to an affidavit by IPID national head of investigations Matthews Sesoko, Tshabalala was appointed as the head of an operation named Rapid Deployment Intelligence. The operation was established to conduct intelligence work for Mangaung 53rd ANC conference.

The bail application was postponed to March 14.

Read more on:    police  |  saps  |  ipid  |  morris tshabalala  |  captain kgb  |  crime

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