I was falsely implicated, claims ex-advocate accused of corruption

2016-09-14 19:37
Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Bloemfontein - A former Free State advocate says he was falsely implicated in corruption charges, the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.  

Karabo Tau, 39, representing himself, said he intended pleading not guilty to charges of corruption, extortion, impersonating an advocate, and conspiracy to commit an offence.

"I will vehemently deny those charges. I was even confused when I read about them in the media," he said.  

Tau was arrested in Bloemfontein in August after he was allegedly approached by the families of nine people found guilty of the theft of diesel and racketeering, Hawks spokesperson S'fiso Nyakane said.

They would be sentenced in the Free State High Court in October.

Nyakane said Tau had allegedly tried to bribe a judge to acquit the nine.

Their families allegedly paid him R80 000. This was apparently a deposit for the payment of R500 000 to the judge.

Nyakane said the Free State Society of Advocates had disbarred Tau.

However, Tau alleged that he had never approached the judge and he had only given the families advice on the matter. He also claimed that he had never received money from the families.

"The charges against me were designed to insinuate that the judge was corrupt. The state witnesses have implicated me falsely," he argued.  

He told the court that he needed to get out on bail because he suffered from diabetes and needed to take medication constantly.  

"My doctor said I should constantly take medication and that requires me to eat, and in prison our last meal is at 14:30. On Sunday, there was a shortage of water and it was a problem when I wanted to take my medication," he said.

Prosecutor Johan Roothman said the State would oppose bail.

He believed they had a strong case against Tau.  

The hearing continues.   

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