Former State Security Secretary Bongani Bongo’s pre-trial hearing was postponed because one of his co-defendants changed attorney and another defendant’s legal representative failed to appear in court.
Bongo appeared in Mbombela District Court on Monday together with his brother Sipho, his ex-wife Sandile Nkosi, Robert Burwise, Patrick Donald Chirwa, Blessing Mduduzi Singwane, David Boy Dube, Vusi Willem Magagula, Bongani Louis Henry Sibiya, Elmon Lawrence Mdaka and Sibongile Mercy Mdaka.
< Prosecutor Henry Nxumalo requested the postponement on the grounds that Chirwa had not come with his lawyer and that another defendant had changed attorney.
“We request that it be postponed to March 31st to continue with the preliminary proceedings to be able to. This will also give the defendants space to resolve their legal representation problems, “said Nxumalo.
Judge Deon van Rooyen agreed.
The defendants were arrested by the Hawks in October 2020 69 Charges of money laundering, theft, corruption, fraud and violation of the Public Finance Management Act.
They are brought with four companies: The Little River Trading 156, Broad Market Trading 204, Bongiveli and Pfuka Africa.
They are each available for a deposit of R10,000.
The charges stem from allegedly illegal land deals, including the purchase of the Naauwpoort farm in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, for R37.5 million by the Provincial Settlement Administration on behalf of the municipality.
According to the Hawks, the Defendants would drive prices up and convince the provincial government to buy the land.
Outside the court, Bong said o to Sowetan that the delay is costing you financially.
“I am very disappointed that you had to postpone until March. Remember, last March the case was postponed for six months and six months later it is said to be [another] postponement.
“There is a huge financial impact, but we do have to be patient because we have to prove our innocence, and just as I proved my innocence in Cape Town, I’ll prove my innocence here too, “said Bongo.