WATCH | Mandela fraud accused off the hook – for now
Fraud charges against suspended ANC Dr WB Rubusana regional chair Pumlani Mkolo and all those accused of fraud relating to former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral in 2013 were provisionally withdrawn in the East London magistrate’s court on Monday morning.
There was jubilation from hundreds of their supporters gathered outside court.
Acting special director of public prosecutions advocate Mpho Doubada told the court that all charges against the accused were withdrawn as per instruction from acting Eastern Cape director of public prosecutions Indhrambal Goberdan.
On Friday, national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi expressed serious concerns about charges being dropped. NPA national spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke said the prosecuting authority was demanding a report on delays in the case so that it could be back on the roll as soon as possible...