Free State MEC, Bloem Water CEO's corruption trial set down for 6 weeks

2018-03-02 16:20
High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Bloemfontein – Free State sports MEC Mathabo Leeto and Bloem Water CEO Limakatso Moorosi appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein High Court on Friday on charges of theft and corruption.

Their case was postponed for the start of the trial. They were initially released on a warning in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on February 16.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the trial would sit for six weeks.

Read: Free State MEC and Bloem Water CEO arrested for fraud, corruption

He said the first sitting would be on July 30 until August 3.

The trial will be heard again from August 27 until September 7, October 8 until October 12 and the last sitting will be on October 29 until November 9.

Leeto, who is being touted as one of the frontrunners to replace Ace Magashule as ANC Free State chair, and Moorosi handed themselves over to the Hawks in Bloemfontein last month.

In 2009, Leeto was the mayor of Matjhabeng municipality when she allegedly awarded a tender of R15m for the procurement of photocopy machines and the installation of telephonic systems and CCTV cameras for the municipality, allegedly without following correct tender processes.

At the time Moorosi was the chief financial officer at the municipality. It is also alleged that the two received "gratification" from the company.

Leeto was previously arrested but the case was withdrawn after her lawyers made representations. Moorosi did not face charges at the time.

Following investigations, the charges against the MEC were reinstated.

Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  fraud  |  crime  |  corruption  |  courts

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