Phahlane declines to comment on withdrawal of case against him
The NPA withdrew the case against Phahlane, his wife Beauty and car dealer Durandt Snyman after the court dismissed an application to postpone the matter for three months.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) withdrew the case against Phahlane, his wife Beauty and car dealer Durandt Snyman after the court dismissed an application to postpone the matter for three months.
The trio had been accused of several counts of fraud and corruption which is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).
Phahlane opted not to comment on the State’s decision to withdraw charges.
In court, his attorney accused the State of conducting a show trial and embarking on a fishing expedition, with no real intention of following through with a prosecution.
In March, the State said by yesterday it would be ready to set a trial date but instead asked for a further three months to wrap up its investigation.
The court ruled any further delay would prejudice the accused and dismissed the application for a postponement.
Ipid says the withdrawal of the case does not amount to an acquittal and is confident the matter will soon be re-enrolled.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)