AKA’s bodyguard & 14 others to remain jailed after failed application in Fort Hare University corruption probe

The 15 people arrested in connection with alleged fraud, corruption, and racketeering at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape will spend another weekend behind bars.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed that the application made by the defence counsel to have the matter struck off the roll was denied.

NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali confirmed with the publication that the bail application will now proceed on April 11 and April 12.

The 15 people were arrested in various provinces over the Easter weekend and have appeared in the Dimbaza Magistrate’s Court over three days.

Among the accused is slain rapper Kiernan “AKA” Forbes’ bodyguard Anwar Khan, who is from Durban.

While police initially said the accused were facing a string of charges which included murder, attempted murder and kidnapping, the NPA later clarified that they only face fraud, racketeering, and corruption charges.

The remaining accused are: Isaac Plaatjies, Anna Smith, Paul Tladi, Lucrecia Davids, Mbulelo Gingcana, Loius Mawila, Nozuko Mabombo, Gosain van der Haar, Thamsanqa Sonjica, Terrence Joubert, Bradley Conradie, Sarah Burger, Craig Retief, and Nthabiseng Makhoba.

To date, a total of 25 people have been arrested in connection with the corruption scandal.

The previous 10 are accused of two murders and attempted murders and comprise of former university employees, ex-policeman, taxi bosses and an attorney.

The trial of the 10 accused is set to kick off in the High Court in October.

-IOL News

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