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FortHareThe Citizen reports that businessman, Justin Peter King, has been added as the twenty-first accused in the University of Fort Hare (UFH) fraud and corruption case.

King was granted R50,000 bail on Wednesday, just like 12 other accused at the Alice Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Dimbaza, Eastern Cape. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said the businessman was alleged to have used his cash loan business to provide cash payment gratifications to UFH staff. Meanwhile, the bail application of two of the accused – Terrence Joubert and Anwar Khan – is proceeding and will be back in court on 19 April for a decision. The 21, nine of whom were UFH employees, and the rest being service providers and their companies, are accused of having colluded in giving each other tender contracts at the university in return for gratifications. “One of the accused, Isaac Plaatjies, has since abandoned bail, and should he decide to still apply for bail, the state will oppose his application,” Tyali advised. Plaajties is charged in a separate matter, along with nine people, for the murder of the UFH’s fleet manager Petrus Roets and the UFH vice-chancellor’s bodyguard Richard Vesele, and attempted murder of the vice-chancellor Professor Sakhele Buhlungu and his deputy Renuka Vithal.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicholas Zaal at The Citizen
  • See too, Businessman in Fort Hare corruption case gets R50,000 bail, at BusinessLive

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