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Trial of Mpumalanga officials accused of bribing prosecutor rolled over

Matric Luphondo, the formerly acting director of public prosecutions in Mpumalanga, and Kebone Masange, the suspended head of human settlements in the province, will continue to stand trial on Thursday. The trial was postponed. 

The trial was scheduled to begin on Wednesday at the high court in Pretoria; however, it was postponed so that the indictment could be amended and so that the defense could prepare its heads of argument in relation to the charges that were being brought against them. 

Before the charges are laid out in the indictment, the two defendants won't be able to enter a plea. In March 2021, the suspects Masange, Luphondo, and Hawks serious corruption investigation leader Lt. Col. Ayanda Plaatje were taken into custody. 

The three are accused of working together to bribe a senior state advocate in the organized crime unit of the office of Gauteng director of public prosecutions Andrew Mphaga to drop charges against Masange for violating the Immigration Act and fraud. Masange was facing these charges. 

In July of 2021, the court was informed that Plaatje had passed away. 

The accused are free on bail in the amount of R20,000 each.


Source:

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-08-10-trial-of-mpumalanga-officials-accused-of-bribing-prosecutor-rolled-over/

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