Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
The trial of former Mangaung mayor Pappie Mokoena, his wife Granny and various other accused on charges of racketeering, fraud and corruption was postponed yesterday.
The Free State high court postponed the matter to December 8 for final arrangements so that the trial could commence.
Judge CHG van der Merwe extended the bail applications of all the accused until then.
Mokoena and the other co-accused face 259 charges allegedly involving R130million. Not all the accused face all the charges.
This follows an investigation by the Scorpions into matters at the Mangaung local municipality.
The accused include former municipal manager Mojalefa Matlole, former municipal speaker Zongezile Zumane, former business manager Mzwandile Silwana and Jakes Thithi, a political adviser to the former mayor.
The trial was postponed because one of the accused, Evodia Kok (Zumane's personal assistant), was admitted to hospital on October 30 and could not attend Monday's court proceedings. - Sapa