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gavel thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Portia Sizani‚ wife of SA’s ambassador to Germany‚ Stone Sizani‚ resorted to the High Court in Grahamstown on Thursday, in a bid to force a magistrate to recuse himself from her fraud and money laundering trial.  

Sizani’s lawyer argued that there were grounds to substantiate the perception that Mputumi Mpofu, the magistrate presiding in her R1.2m fraud trial‚ was biased against her.  The former early childhood development district co-ordinator stands accused of defrauding the Eastern Cape education department by creating "ghost" teachers and pocketing their salaries between 2009 and 2010.  Mpofu has already found Sizani not guilty on five of the 15 counts of money laundering against her, but she still faces more than a dozen counts of fraud and money laundering.  Sizani’s trial in the Port Elizabeth commercial crimes court was postponed in September to mid-February, pending the outcome of the review application argued on Thursday.  Judgment was reserved.

  • Read this report by Adrienne Carlisle in full at BusinessLive


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