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'Hoax' e-mail fraud case postponed

By unknown | Feb 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

The fraud case in connection with the National Intelligence Agency's (NIA) alleged "hoax" e-mails was yesterday postponed in the Pretoria specialised commercial crimes court.

The accused, information technology specialist Muziwendoda Kunene, former NIA director-general Billy Masetlha and former NIA electronic surveillance manager Funokwakhe Madlala, are facing a charge of fraud involving R152000.

Magistrate Dawie Jacobs postponed the case to June 11 to give computer expert Superintendent Bernard Grobler a chance to provide the court with a list of documents he had found to be related to the probed e-mails.

Grobler testified that of the 7000 files on his report regarding the "hoax" e-mail, only a fraction linked the accused to the e-mails examined.

The list of files relating to the probed e-mails was requested by Masetlha's lawyer, Neil Tuchten, and when the trial resumes Grobler will be expected to present the files.

Kunene, Masetlha and Madlala are accused of fabricating e-mails which were presented to President Thabo Mbeki as intercepted communications between top ANC and government officials allegedly plotting to stop Jacob Zuma and then ANC secretary general Kgalema Motlhante from being elected to top positions.

The defence's stance is that the investigated e-mails were not those intercepted by Kunene for the NIA.


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