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Kasrils one of 'hoax' e-mails witnesses

By unknown | Jun 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

Minister of Intelligence Services Ronnie Kasrils is among witnesses lined up by the prosecution to testify in the case of fraud pertaining to the "hoax" e-mails saga, the specialised commercial crimes court in Pretoria heard yesterday.

The accused in the R152000 fraud case are IT specialist Muziwendoda Kunene, former NIA director-general Billy Masetlha and former NIA electronic surveillance manager Funokwakhe Madlala.

The three are accused of fabricating e-mails that were presented to President Thabo Mbeki as proof of intercepted communications between top ANC and government officials, allegedly plotting to stop Jacob Zuma and then ANC general secretary Kgalema Motlanthe from being elected to top positions.

Kasrils was supposed to take the stand today but state advocate Glynnis Breytenbacht applied for a postponement because Kunene had to be taken back to Kroonstad where he is detained in another matter.

The application (for postponement) was vehemently objected to by the defence, arguing that the postponement would prejudice their clients.

In response Breytenbacht apologised unreservedly to the defence for the postponement.

Magistrate Dawie Jacobs said "in the interest of justice and of the accused this case must be heard with all evidence". He postponed the trial to July 30.


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