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Mpisane back in court

By Sapa | 2013-07-22 06:45:46.0

The trial of businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane, accused of fraud and forgery involving R4.7 million, is expected to continue in the Durban Regional Court on Monday.

At her last court appearance on July 8, the State was accused of suppressing information in the Mpisane trial.

Rafik Bhana, SC, for Mpisane, said the defence had less than half of the statements contained in the State's docket.

Bhana said the State had not disclosed all the statements in its possession and had also failed to furnish the defence with all requested statements.

"The prosecutor cannot decide what is relevant and not relevant," he said.

Bhana said Mpisane's rights to a fair trial had been compromised.

He asked for time to make representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) regarding the conduct of the State and for the NDPP to consider the defence's representations.

Mpisane is accused of inflating invoices by more than R5 million in an attempt to cut her tax bill.

She is also accused of violating the Close Corporations Act by remaining the sole member of Zikhulise Cleaning, Maintenance, and Transport CC when she had a previous fraud conviction.

She has pleaded not guilty.