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The trial of former Mangaung mayor Pappie Mokoena, his wife Granny, and 18 others on charges of racketeering, fraud and corruption was postponed yester day.
The Free State high court postponed the matter provisionally to March 13, after two accused could not appear in court because they were in police custody on another matter.
Judge CHG van der Merwe extended the bails of all the accused, except for the two who are in custody.
Legal counsel for the two Heidedal businessmen who were not in court, Keabecoe and Kegomodicoe Lekone, also withdrew from the case.
Mokoena and his co-accused face 259 charges in which R130million is allegedly involved. Not all the accused face all the 259 charges.
This follows an investigation by the Scorpions into matters at the Mangaung Local Municipality. The court set down trial dates for November 2009 and January 2010.
Announcing the trial dates, Judge van der Merwe warned counsel for the accused that no further postponements would be tolerated.
The court ordered that arrest warrants be issued for Keabecoe and Kegomodicoe but that they would be held over until March 13 .
The trial was expected to start on November 7 2009.
The accused include the former municipal manager, Mojalefa Matlole, former municipal Speaker Zongezile Zumane, former business manager Mzwandile Silwana and Jakes Thithi, a political advisor to the former mayor.
Others are Brigitte Silwana, Mzwandile's wife, Evodia Kok (Zumane's personal assistant), Laetitia Hoffman (Mokoena's personal assistant), Buyelwa Khethelo, a businesswoman from Rocklands, and the two Heidedal businessmen.
The rest of the accused include several close corporations some of the accused were associated with. - Sapa