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Mpisane gets bail

By Sapa | Feb 08, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 14 ]

Durban businesswoman Shawn Mpisane was granted R100,000 bail in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Friday.

Magistrate Gerrie Maree also ordered that Mpisane could not change her residential address, leave the country, or have contact with witnesses without prior permission.

Earlier Mpisane's lawyer Jimmy Howse argued that the fraudulent document she allegedly submitted was never used.

Howse said his client, who faces 53 charges of fraud, forgery, and uttering of a forged document, would be acquitted.

Mpisane is accused of submitting forged documents to obtain Construction Industry Development Board gradings, which were then used to win public works department tenders worth R140 million.

But Howse said on Friday "no grading was ever done on the alleged fraudulent documentation".

The prosecution argued on Thursday that Mpisane had a propensity to commit crime. Howse countered on Friday that the State had failed to prove a propensity to commit crimes similar to those with which she had been charged.

He argued his client had pleaded guilty to fraud in a tax case in May 2005, but that since then there had been no other crimes. He said the court had no such evidence before it.

"The mere existence of pending cases cannot be proof of a propensity to commit crime."

The court heard Mpisane had contracts worth R658 million.

Howse said: "The public does not know that the contracts were completed satisfactorily."

On Thursday it was argued the Asset Forfeiture Unit's attempt to attach R140 million in assets from Mpisane was misguided, as it was based on three completed tenders and one tender where no work had begun or payments had been made.

Work was taking place on only one of the tenders, a clinic in Durban's Inanda area.

He said it was bizarre that the victim of the alleged crime, the public works department, was continuing to honour the contract.

On Thursday, Mpisane said she intended pleading not guilty to the charges.

Earlier this week, the Asset Forfeiture Unit seized her property, including 51 cars.

Prosecutor Joanne Bromley-Gans said on Thursday the State opposed granting Mpisane bail, as she was already out on bail when some of the offences were committed. She alleged Mpisane had interfered with a witness in another matter.

Bromley-Gans told the court on Friday that while the defence had attacked the State's case, it was Mpisane who was required to show exceptional circumstances as to why she should be granted bail.

Mpisane would stand trial in May, on accusations that she inflated invoices by more than R5 million to cut her tax bill.

The fraud and forgery case was postponed to April 29.

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How many scholarship did this couple set up for the less fortunate in the townships? GREED!

Feb 08, 2013 3:37 | 0 replies

WhyteZulu, you sound very stupid, do u pay tax in this country?i think u need to pass your grade 11, to understand ur surrounding.

Feb 10, 2013 11:17 | 0 replies

WhyteZulu - "White people have looted this country to the bone"

The rantings of a person who has never built anything in his life.

Feb 09, 2013 1:33 | 0 replies

Their mistake was to stop donating to the anc or greasing the palm of who ever helped them get them tenders and the person will be connected to the anc.
@NumberOneTsotsi- Shawn is a real piece of art, she has got the X-factor.

Feb 09, 2013 9:48 | 0 replies

WhyteZulu my guy, i hear you.

Feb 08, 2013 5:22 | 0 replies

Umona phansi. White people have looted this country to the bone and yet no-one says a thing. Anyone can succeed in life provided they wake up and use the gray matter between their ears. The majority on comments here are shallow and driven by jealous and ineriority complex. There are multiple opportunities that can see a security guard wake up to own their own security services company. I am not for corruption but black people have a tendency of looking down on themselves (generalisation).

Feb 08, 2013 5:8 | 0 replies

shameless thieves in a shamelessly corrupt system, just how did the system allow them to loot that much and not contribute to tax?

Feb 08, 2013 4:15 | 0 replies

I am just too in love with this woman. If it is a sin, let it be but i wudnt mind being the katt that makes her moan cos am sure Sbu has explored only the half of her. Shawn! Must be a lady in the street but a ..... in bed.

Feb 08, 2013 4:14 | 0 replies

9janavy
How many scholarship did this couple set up for the less fortunate in the townships? GREED!
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maybe about 10?

Feb 08, 2013 3:57 | 0 replies

Welcome to SA, these people must just rot in jail.

Feb 08, 2013 3:50 | 0 replies

Eish this woman I wish I could lay my hands on her eish ungishaya ngaphakathi

Feb 08, 2013 3:46 | 0 replies