Two high profile court cases were brought before the court in Polokwane on Monday when local businessperson Rameez Patel appeared on a second charge of alleged murder and Economic Freedom Fighter Commander in Chief Julius Malema on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud and racketeering.
Patel, released on R250 000 bail in June after being charged for the murder of his wife Fatima Patel, was brought before court on Monday on charges of an alleged, second murder. This charge stems from the suspected murder of Tony Adams whose body was found dumped in a parking garage in 2013. The cause of his death was initially ascribed to mob justice. Rameez’s brother was allegedly tried for the murder of Adams but the case reportedly thrown out of court for lack of evidence linking him to the crime.
Rameez, in keeping with his bail conditions, reported to the Westenburg Police Station on Thursday when he was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Adams.
Patel’s attorney, Tumi Mokoena intended filing a bail application at Patel’s first appearance in the case on Monday, but the application was opposed by the state. State prosecutor Madelein Roelofse said the state wanted seven days to consult with the Director of Public Prosecution about the bail application and in the light of new evidence that has come to the fore. Mokoena said the investigating team already had all they needed and Patel had handed in his passport. He further said the accused had the right to lodge a bail application and that this application had nothing to do with the Public Prosecutor.
Mokoena further said Patel’s personal circumstances had not changed and there was nothing to be verified. He said there was no evidence that could get lost regarding the 2013 murder of which Patel’s brother had apparently been suspected. He asked that a date for the following day (Tuesday) or Wednesday be set for the bail application. The state however remained firm that they wanted to get full written instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions in this regard.
Mokoena argued that he could not see the reason why a seven day postponement was necessary. Magistrate Ndivhuho Munay agreed with him, but a date earlier than 11 August which suited all stakeholders and the already congested court roll, could not be found and the case was thus postponed to 11 August.
Story: NELIE ERASMUS