State seize inquiry: Testimony of Linda Mti, Justice of the Peace Desmond Nair postponed

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The state seize fee of inquiry resumed in late June after being halted because of Covid-19.

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  • Each former correctional companies boss Linda Mti and Pretoria Justice of the Peace Desmond Nair had been resulting from seem earlier than the state seize fee.
  • The 2 solely obtained their notices to seem earlier than Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on 10 July.
  • Nair’s lawyer stated his consumer was able to go forward till they had been instructed he nonetheless needed to be given a lot of statements.

The chairperson of the fee of inquiry into state seize Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo needed to postpone the looks of each former correctional companies boss Linda Mti and Pretoria Justice of the Peace Desmond Nair after it emerged that the fee solely served the 2 with notices to seem over every week in the past.

Mti’s lawyer, Schalk van der Merwe, instructed the fee his consumer obtained a discover to seem on 10 July.

Nevertheless, after an settlement with Mti’s lawyer, proof chief Advocate Viwe Notshe stated the fee would establish a full set of witnesses who implicated Mti and, subsequently, he must entry the knowledge on the fee’s web site.

Mti would then submit an affidavit to the fee relating to the allegations levelled towards him.

Van der Merwe stated Mti might reserve his rights in disclosing his defence to the felony matter which is at present earlier than the courts.

Mti has been charged with fraud, corruption and cash laundering within the Specialised Business Crime Courtroom, together with former Bosasa operations chief Angelo Agrizzi, ex-Bosasa govt Andries van Tonder, senior Bosasa official Frans Voster, present Bosasa worker Carlos Bonifacio and former correctional companies CFO Patrick Gillingham.

READ | Agrizzi, co-accused seem earlier than the Specialised Business Crime Courtroom

In the meantime, not solely did Nair obtain his discover to seem on 10 July, there have been nonetheless some statements implicating him that he had not seen.

His lawyer, Dani Dorfling SC, instructed the fee his consumer was able to proceed however they had been solely knowledgeable on Tuesday morning that additional statements had been nonetheless forthcoming.

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“We had been additionally knowledgeable that there’s a potential additional assertion from Mr [Richard] Le Roux.

“The discomfort we now have is the truth that we’re being confronted as we associate with new and additional details that have to be handled. It’s not a good course of for an implicated individual to be confronted with proof, making ready himself to reply after which be confronted with additional proof.

“We suggest that it’s performed in a single go and every thing will get offered to Mr Nair. That he offers with it sensibly, think about all of it and make his election on the best way ahead.”

Earlier this 12 months, Nair was provisionally suspended, pending the result of an investigation into his health to carry workplace.

He was suspended after he was charged with two counts of misconduct in November 2019 following a preliminary investigation by the justice ministry.

READ | Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo: ‘We’d like one thing fairly drastic to cease corruption’

Final 12 months, Le Roux, a former Bosasa worker who testified earlier than the Zondo fee, alleged that Nair accepted the set up of R200 000 value of safety techniques at his Pretoria dwelling, together with a full electrical fence, CCTV and alarm techniques, Information24 reported earlier.

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