Winnie Madikizela-Mandela appears in court on fraud charges

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of international statesperson Nelson Mandela, made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Monday, but the fraud case in which she is a prime suspect was postponed.
Madikizela-Mandela and co-accused Addy Moolman are facing 85 counts of fraud relating to the use of ANC letterheads to solicit bank loans for phantom members of the ruling party.
Madikizela-Mandela, MP and president of the ANC Women's League, and Moolman earlier pleaded not guilty to 60 charges of fraud and 25 charges of theft involving 934,000 rand (US$115,000).
Moolman is an independent broker who acted as financial advisor to Madikizela-Mandela.
The trial, which began last year, has been postponed before.
The first time it was because Madikizela-Mandela had injured her foot.
This time the case was postponed because Moolman was apparently injured in a car accident in East London and is in hospital with back and leg injuries.
State prosecutor Jan Ferreira asked for a postponement until Wednesday.
He requested that Moolman's bail be provisionally forfeited to the State, and that a new warrant of arrest be issued should Moolman not be in court by Thursday.
Magistrate Peet Johnson issued the warrant but said it would not be carried out until Thursday.

24 february 2003 15:05:00

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