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'Corruption cop' case put on hold again

By unknown | Jun 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Russel Morena

Russel Morena

The defence team in the corruption case involving Tello Jonas Mota, a Johannesburg Central police inspector, has requested the court to postpone the trial again.

The defence argued that there were "misinterpretations" in the transcript from the trial on further corruption charges Mota faces with co-accused Sean Twala of Booysens police station.

Mota appeared in the Johannesburg magistrate's court on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week.

His attorney, Johan Kotze, told the court that they wanted to use the transcript from the other case as evidence.

Kotze said they wanted to compare the testimony given by a witness, Michael Lingwood, during that trial to what he gave in court last Wednesday when this trail started.

Magistrate Hasina Habib said the transcript was important evidence so it was unfair to call the accused to testify until it was resolved.

Habib ordered the defence team to approach the magistrate from the previous court trial, where the transcript was recorded, to give instructions that it be reconstructed as soon as possible.

Superintendent Gregory Beck testified that Mota, together with co-accused Twala, were supposed to help the community with complaints against activities by property hijackers.

"It was not the accused's duty to evict people from their houses," Beck said.

"The accused, with Twala, worked with syndicates to evict people and that wasn't their duty as police officers."


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