Mabaso may undergo psychological tests

Alleged fraudster Josias Mabaso may be granted permission to undergo psychological evaluation.

Alleged fraudster Josias Mabaso may be granted permission to undergo psychological evaluation.

CAPE TOWN - A Gauteng reverend will return to court next month to hear whether prosecutors have arranged for him to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Josias Mabaso was arrested in 2011 for allegedly trying to bribe his way out of trouble having been accused of defrauding the Gauteng Education Department.

The 75-year-old ran two independent schools and received subsidies from government.

Mabaso's lawyers have questioned whether the reverend was fit to stand trial and have been granted permission for him to undergo tests.

His mental state will be assessed and his next court appearance is expected to shed light on when this will happen and how long it will take.

Mabaso appeared the Commercial Crimes Court on Monday where his case was postponed to 7 June.

He faces a corruption charge in connection with an alleged bribe but could be forced to answer other charges once investigation against him is wrapped up.

His arrest lead to a widespread audit of independent schools in Gauteng.

Mabaso failed to appear in court in January because he had been admitted to hospital to undergo examinations after doctors suspected cancer.