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JUSTICE TRACKER

Daily roll call of arrests, NPA prosecutions and convictions – 18 January 2022

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Our daily roll call of successful criminal prosecutions, arrests and ongoing matters in South Africa’s courts. We do this to reflect on the rule of law and to make justice visible.

 

18 January 2022

Palm Ridge 

The Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court postponed former parliamentarian Vincent Smith’s matter to 6 April 2022. 

On Tuesday, 18 January, the State provided Smith with the tax fraud docket after the South African Revenue Service added charges against him and his company Euroblitz in November last year. 

Smith is accused of tax fraud, money laundering, corruption and the breach of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act. The tax fraud charges stem from Smith’s and Euroblitz’s failure to disclose taxable income between 9 March 2009 and 11 July 2018, totalling R28-million. 

Smith stands accused in his personal capacity as well as his representative capacity for his company Euroblitz 48 Pty Ltd. He is charged with corruption for the gratifications he received from Bosasa in the form of security upgrades to his home in Gauteng. 

He faces other corruption charges for accepting further gratifications from Waterfall Golf Estate (Pty) Ltd and Clidet 69 (Pty) Ltd. 

The senior ANC member faces additional charges for accepting cash transferred into his bank account and his company from Bosasa and other people unknown to the State. 

Further charges include failure to disclose to Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interest the gratifications, cash deposits and money that was paid to him by Waterfall Golf Estate (Pty) Ltd and Clidet 69 (Pty) Ltd. 

The Investigating Directorate was able to enrol the additional tax charges with help from SARS.

Ga-Rankuwa 

The Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court postponed a case against four suspects charged with the murder of Sam Mbatha (24) to 2 February 2022 for the Director of Public Prosecution’s (DPP) decision. 

The State will await the DPP’s authorisation of transferring the case to the High Court of South Africa, North West Division, owing to the serious nature of the offence committed.

The four accused are Arthur Khoza (19), Thato Masetla (22), Junior Modise (21) and Mahlatsi Nkuna (21). They were all arrested after an intensive investigation by the police. 

Masetla abandoned his bail application while the other three are out on R500 bail each. The conditions are that they must report at the Klipgat Police Station every Wednesday and Sunday between 5pm and 6pm. They are also barred from interfering with State witnesses.

Police investigations led them to a house in the Phutha section, Klipgat, on Monday, 21 June 2021.

The house was searched and bloodstains were found on the floor, under and on top of a bed as well as on the carpet. An axe suspected to have been used during the commission of the crime was found on the roof of the house. 

DNA samples positively identified Sam Mbatha as the victim. His body was found inside a burnt Hyundai i20 at a soccer field in Ikageng Section on 10 January 2022.

Kimberley

The Kimberley Magistrates’ Court has found Shirley Hofuza (21) guilty of shooting a man on the steps of the Kimberley Court on 23 December 2020, the victim was shot numerous times as he was leaving the court after being granted bail on another case. After the incident, the accused was immediately apprehended by police.

Shirley was charged with several offences, which included attempted murder, illegal possession of a firearm as well as illegal possession of ammunition. She pleaded guilty to all the charges and was remanded in custody until the conclusion of the case.

The court found the accused guilty, she was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for the attempted murder, five years imprisonment for possession of an unlicensed firearm, and one year for the possession of ammunition. The National Prosecuting Authority commends the splendid work done by the police and prosecution teams. DM

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  • As mentioned yesterday, I am so grateful that DM has decided to add this daily justice tracker to their articles. Know it is impossible to report on everything, but this make most interesting reading, and just gives me hope that there is indeed an NPA out there. For starters, I had no idea of the extend of charges against Vincent Smith. Only really was aware that he accepted bribes from Bosasa. To think he was a chairman of one of the portfolio committee’s in parliament, and for a long period.

  • If you read the book on Ace, he has so many more potential cases against him
    Why pick on Vincent, he must have really pissed someone off or not shared with the right people

  • It will be very useful if Daily Maverick create a special column for NPA and investigate functioning at NDPP and DPPs which are still under the control of certain prosecutors and state advocates implicated in State Capture. Most of the matters at Zondo Commission related to the failure of NPA mainly at the Director of Public Prosecutions North Gauteng and the Office of National Director of Public Prosecutions Adv Shamila Batohi

  • I called on DM to create an infographic on the extent of corruption / theft cases per municipality/provincial authority levels +- a year ago. An infogram will enable all to see the scale, number of cases vs convictions / recoveries at a glance & so ensure nothing gets covered up etc.

    This column is a great step but the country need full information especially on municipal level where citizens can demand direct action. Corrupt politicians & officials & colluding business can then be exposed while the slow legal process unwinds before more damage is done to our people.

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