DEVELOPING | KZN businessman Panday, police official Madhoe granted bail after brief court appearance

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02 October 15:06

The matter has been postponed to 11 November. (@kaveels, Twitter)

02 October 15:04

Advocate Talita Louw says they want the matter in the High Court. She is requesting an adjournment until 11 November for serving of the indictment and the content of the docket to be given to the accused before trial. (@kaveels, Twitter)

02 October 15:03

There is a list of people Panday and Madhoe cannot contact that has been handed to the court. The State has not opposed bail: Panday bail set at R100 000 and Madhoe set at R10 000. (@kaveels, Twitter)

02 October 14:01

Three people, including the former top cop in KwaZulu-Natal and Thoshan Panday - a close associate of former president Jacob Zuma - have been arrested in connection with multi-million rand corruption in the awarding of a police tender.

Panday, former KZN police chief Mmamonnye Ngobeni and Navin Madhoe were arrested on Friday and were due to appear in the Durban Magistrates Court later in the afternoon.

The Investigating Directorate's Sindiswe Twala says a fourth suspect "has been spotted in Cape Town and will not appear with the others as he has not been arrested yet".

"The arrests pertain to manipulation of the tender system of the KwaZulu-Natal Police services in the period 2010 valued at R47 Million," says Twala.

02 October 13:41

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Sipho Ngwema says investigations into the seven accused involved in a controversial R255 million asbestos contract in the Free State could ensure a successful conviction.

Speaking outside the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court after the seven made their first appearance facing 60 charges in total, Ngwema said the indictment speaks to this possible successful conviction. 

"You will notice that what we try and do now, is we invest more time in the investigation rather than file an arrest and then investigate once people have been arrested already.

"The indictment means that we are ready to go to court even tomorrow because there are 60 charges there, it is clear, it is concise – there is no doubt about the state’s case – even the magistrate mentioned today that there is a prima facie case based on the charge sheet alone," said Ngwema.

He further commended the phenomenal work done by the Hawks in the case. 

While there were a total of 12 accused in the case, including companies, there were seven accused people who were released on bail following their first appearance, ranging from R50 000 to R500 000.

02 October 11:52

Bail deliberations for the seven accused is underway.

(Photo: Chanté Schatz, News24)

<p>Bail deliberations for the seven accused is underway.</p><p><em>(Photo:&nbsp;Chanté Schatz, News24)</em></p>

02 October 11:50

02 October 11:37

Representation for accused one and three have positioned bail at R100 000 and R500 000 respectively. Some of the bail conditions are that all seven accused hand over their passports.

02 October 11:33

02 October 11:22

Court case is underway, the seven accused have arrived in the Bloemfontein High Court and are seated in the dock, accused of fraud and corruption for the controversial Free State asbestos contract. 

02 October 10:33

Latest developments from Bloemfontein where seven accused in controversial asbestos contract are set to appear

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Sipho Ngwema, says one accused who is to appear in court on charges of corruption, has been caught with contraband in a prison holding cell.

Ahead of the appearance of seven accused in the Bloemfontein High Court on charges of fraud and corruption relating to the controversial asbestos contract, Ngwema explained that one accused was caught with cash in the prison. 

Ngwema said the accused, who is still unknown, was planning to buy cell phones with the cash. He added more charges can be expected to be pressed against the accused.

02 October 10:32

Adriaan Basson | Bosasa: Why Vincent Smith's arrest is important

The arrest and prosecution of Vincent Smith is important because it shows that the tentacles of state capture reached into the legislature, writes Adriaan Basson.


02 October 10:32

Devastating indictment sets out how Vincent Smith's opposition to Bosasa in Parliament waned

In failing to declare payments and gifts received from Bosasa, former ANC MP Vincent Smith robbed Parliament of its ability to conduct appropriate oversight of multibillion-rand state contracts, the State alleges.


02 October 10:32

State capture inquiry: Businessman defends payments to ANC, other govt officials

Edwin Sodi, who was involved in an alleged asbestos looting scheme in the Free State, has admitted to the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture he made payments to the ANC and other government officials.


02 October 10:32

State capture: Hawks arrest alleged masterminds in R255m Free State asbestos audit scandal

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation or Hawks arrested two people on Wednesday in connection with the controversial and unlawful R255 million 2014 asbestos audit contract.

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