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When's a threat not a real threat?

By unknown | May 31, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

The court must throw out evidence presented by the state and free Thuso Motaung, pictured.

This plea was made by Advocate Zola Majavu yesterday during argument in the bail application of Motaung in the Johannesburg commercial crimes court.

The popular radio presenter was arrested a week ago in Bloemfontein for contravening his bail conditions by intimidating a witness. He had been out on R100000 bail after being arrested for fraud in November.

Majavu appealed to magistrate Jeremy Janse van Vuuren to reinstate Motaung's bail and grant him his freedom.

The state argued that Motaung forfeit his R100 000 bail and be held in prison until his trial on July 27.

In his closing argument Majavu said the state had failed to call Lucky Qasha, the man Motaung is accused of intimidating, to the witness stand.

He said this was because Qasha had made contradictory affidavits about the matter.

Tsietsi Mohoaladi testified on Tuesday that Motaung threatened Qasha, saying: "My train will crush him and whoever is on his side."

Motaung said he meant that he would "go over the SABC like a fast train".

Prosecutor Pierre Tikkler argued that a threat was made and that Motaung knew that through Mohoaladi, Qasha would receive the threat.

"Threats, direct or indirect, are sufficient to scare people," he said.


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