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State to call fifth witness in O'Sullivan trial

An official from OR Tambo Airport will take the stand in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court today.

Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG - Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan's trial is expected to resume in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court later this morning, with the State calling its fifth witness to the stand, an official from OR Tambo International Airport.

O'Sullivan was arrested at the airport in April, shortly after boarding a plane bound for the United Kingdom with his family.

He was found in possession of three passports and charged with contravening the Citizenship Act.

The State has so far called in an immigration officer from the Home Affairs Department, a former police officer who arrested O'Sullivan and two Hawks officials.

Former police officer Thembikhaya Mangqalaza told the court that O'Sullivan called him two weeks ago, asking to meet with him and talk over tea. He wanted to exonerate him from a case he was planning to file against those involved in his arrest.

The Hawks' colonel Amod Hoosen told the court that they applied for an urgent application to have O'Sullivan arrested because of an email he sent to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, other politicians, and various media houses threatening to expose alleged corruption by the government.

Today, an official from OR Tambo Airport is expected to explain exactly what happened when O'Sullivan was arrested.