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Bail for Mathe's dad found with mystery muti

By unknown | May 29, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

Zephaniah Mathe, the father of Annanias Mathe, the Pretoria C-Max prison escapee, was yesterday granted bail on condition that his visa to stay in the country was renewed

In granting the 80-year-old accused R500 bail, magistrate Peet van Vuuren said South Africa was the only country in the world where illegal immigrants accused of committing a crime could be granted bail. It was also the only country in the world, he said, where an accused would be granted a visa.

Mathe was arrested on Thursday, a day after he had been found by prison officials to be in possession of an allegedly illegal substance stashed in a loaf of bread. The bottled concoction had been intended for his son.

Mathe's lawyer Liz de Oliveira Serrao told the court her client did not know there was an illegal substance hidden in the bread when he was apprehended by prison officials.

She said the state appeared unwilling to proceed with the matter despite her client having been "very cooperative". She said the state still wanted the substance found in the bread tested before it could proceed with the case.

The court also heard that the charge might change, pending results of the forensic tests on the substance.

Van Vuuren postponed the case to June 19 to allow the state time for further investigations.


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