Moti prosecutors call O'Sullivan to testify

Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan will be a witness in a trial involving businessman Zunaid Moti.

Johannesburg businessman Zunaid Moti (L) leaves the Brits Regional Court with his wife on 17 July, 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

BRITS - Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan was added as a witness in a trial involving controversial Johannesburg businessman Zunaid Moti.

Moti (37) and his co-accused appeared in the Brits Regional Court on Friday and had their case postponed to August to accommodate Ramadan, a fasting period for Muslims.

The controversial businessman handed himself over to the Hartbeespoort Dam police earlier in July and was released on R40, 000 bail later that day.

His business partner Rafik Mohamed was added as accused number eight on Friday and immediately released on bail.

Mohamed says he plans to plead not guilty to charges of robbery and attempted murder, linked to the attack of Brits businessman Naeem Cassim last year.

He described the charges against him as ridiculous and mind-blowing, accusing the police and prosecutors of colluding to abuse the law.

His lawyer also made a call for O'Sullivan to be brought to court and warned against contacting the accused.

Defence lawyers claim their clients were threatened by people associated with O'Sullivan.

But the State moved to place O'Sullivan onto the witness list - which means the accused will be violating their bail conditions by interacting with him in any way.

Mohamed was released on R40 000 bail and is the father of the twin brothers arrested in May. Their arrests were linked to the same case.