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MBABANE – Former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Sibusiso Shongwe has been taken to Sidwashini Correctional facility after being denied bail by High Court Judge Qinisile Mabuza.

Judge Mabuza said Shongwe was a flight risk and he was likely to interfere with Crown witnesses in the event he was released on bail.
In refusing him bail, the judge further stated that investigations were still ongoing.
Shongwe will be kept at Sidvwashini Correctional facility pending finalisation of his matter, where he is facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and theft.

The judge refused him bail after hearing the arguments of the crown and Shongwe’s attorneys.
During one of his visits to His Majesty’s Correctional facilities, while he was still a minister, Shongwe told inmates that he would visit all the Correctional facilities in the country and spend a day in each of them chatting and eating with them.
The former minister, however, remains innocent as he is still a suspect.

The defence counsel, Mduduzi Mathunjwa, yesterday informed the court that Shongwe was someone who didn’t take any instruction from anyone; he just did what he wanted to do.

He further asked the court to consider that this was not a normal case but an extraordinary and landmark case. Mathunjwa said this was a case where operations of the court had been brought into disrepute. “His conduct shows that he does not take the law seriously and to buttress that, after knowing that he was investigated, he continued to take a court file which was found at his place of abode.

Comments (1 posted):

Goodman Simelane on 24/04/2015 12:02:42
The chickens are coming home to roost.This is justice for Bheki Makhubu and Thulani.

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