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By Alfred Moselakgomo | Jun 03, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE national prosecuting authority will today oppose any delay in the case of attempted murder involving a Mpumalanga tycoon.

THE national prosecuting authority will today oppose any delay in the case of attempted murder involving a Mpumalanga tycoon.

Since Solly Madileng was arrested for allegedly shooting his wife two years ago his case has been affected by a series of postponement, raising suspicions that something underhand is going on.

But NPA spokesperson Tladi Tladi told Sowetan yesterday that there was more to Madileng's case than was immediately clear.

"Madileng's case involves more than one accused and they all face a number of other charges that include being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, kidnapping and assault." Tladi said. "The reason for the delay cannot be attributed to Madileng only. His co-accused have also played a role."

He said though it was undesirable to postpone trials, the courts could exercise its discretion and grant it (postponement).

"This does not mean it can be misused by any accused person to evade justice," Tladi said.

"In this case the state is just as concerned about the delays.

"Tomorrow we will be ready to argue against any further postponements. We understand that the court has granted its final postponement.

"It is our understanding that the case will proceed whether or not all the suspects have legal representation.

"Any applicant seeking further postponement will be vigorously opposed."

There has been an outcry from the family of Madileng's wife and court officials who accuse Madileng of using delaying tactics.

This has allegedly forced the Temba magistrate's court to postpone the case more than 15 times.

Madileng, 50, was arrested five days after he allegedly shot his former wife Maki and threw her out of a moving car on August 7 2007.

He had allegedly visited her while she was staying at her parents' home after moving out of the matrimonial home.

Madileng was out on R5000 bail for a different case at the time. He is at present out on R4000 bail for this case.

Madileng was initially charged with kidnapping and assaulting Ephraim Makitla, whom he accused of stealing from his shop.

The cases have been combined.

Madileng was arrested with Tshepo Ntlwana, 33, twin brothers Steve and Frank Mentoor, 22, and Abie Motlhabi, 26.

The men allegedly helped Madileng to kidnap and beat Makitla.


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