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another blow FOR state's case

By unknown | Dec 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

The state's case was dealt yet another blow yesterday when state witness Meshack Sipho Malaza contradicted himself during cross-examination.

Malaza was testifying in a high-profile corruption trial in the Nelspruit regional court involving former Mpumalanga Economic Empowerment Corporation chief executive Ernest Khoza and former provincial director-general Stanley Soko.

They face charges of fraud, corruption and contravening the Public Finance Management Act.

During the trial defence counsel Gys Rautenbach cornered Malaza into admitting that he had actually not seen Moses Mashamaite, a colleague at Rainbow Kwanda Communications, handing over any money to Khoza.

Malaza had previously said Mashamaite had shown him a lot of money in a brown envelope that he said had been intended for Khoza.

Malaza told the court that he and Mashamaite had met Khoza, who was driving a green Range Rover, but Rautenbach produced a letter from a bank proving that Khoza in fact had a silver Range Rover at the time of the alleged exchange.

The contradiction, which the defence seemed happy to concentrate on, was not the first in this trial.

The drama-filled hearing, which resumed on Wednesday, was postponed until January 20 next year for further evidence by state witnesses. Both Khoza and Soko have pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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