Man accused of intimidating MaNtuli to apply for bail

A Tanzanian man accused of intimidating one of President Jacob Zuma's wives will apply for a formal bail application in a KwaZulu-Natal court on Wednesday.

Zuma's wife Nompumelelo Ntuli - commonly known as MaNtuli - claimed that Steven John Masunga tried to force her to arrange a business meeting for him with Zuma.

The offence allegedly took place on January 15.

The court heard on Monday that the case against Masunga would be dropped if the State did not present any evidence that the alleged offence happened in the Camperdown magisterial district.

Magistrate Thys Taljaard on Monday told prosecutor Ndoda January that at least a part of the offence Masunga allegedly committed had to have occurred in the magisterial district for him to have jurisdiction over the matter.

The issue of jurisdiction arose when Masunga's legal aid lawyer Mdu Thuketana sought to have his client detained at the Camperdown police cells rather than in prison for safety reasons.

Thuketana said his client, who lives in Durban, had been promised by police that he would be kept at the Camperdown police cells for his safety.

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