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Mapisa-Nqakula Granted R50k Bail On Corruption Charges

State prosecutor Advocate Bheki Manyathi said the onus was on the accused to prove that her release on bail was in the interest of justice, as she faces schedule 5 offences.

Former National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was granted R50,000 bail after appearing in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on corruption charges on Thursday.

Magistrate Anna Oosthuizen said she was satisfied that Mapisa-Nqakula had proved she was eligible for bail and successfully argued that she could only afford R50,000, despite the state requesting R100,000 bail.

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Mapisa-Nqakula had handed herself over at the Lyttelton Police Station on Thursday morning after her failed court bid to interdict her pending arrest.

The former speaker is facing 12 charges of corruption and one charge of money laundering. She is accused of receiving more than R2 million in kickbacks for a defence contract when she was the defence minister.

On Thursday, Mapisa-Nqakula took the stand after the court granted the media’s application to broadcast, take pictures, and record her appearance. Standing in the dock in a blue and yellow dress, she was surrounded by a full gallery and scores of media.

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Her husband, former Defense Minister Charles Nqakula, sat in the gallery along with ANC member and former National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, who had accompanied Mapisa-Nqakula.

State prosecutor Advocate Bheki Manyathi said the onus was on the accused to prove that her release on bail was in the interest of justice, as she faces schedule 5 offences.

In her affidavit, read by her lawyer Advocate Graham Kerr-Phillips, Mapisa-Nqakula stated that she was clueless about the case brought against her. She claimed that the evidence against her was based on witnesses, but such evidence was not corroborated during the search and seizure at her home last month.

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Mapisa-Nqakula also raised concerns about the possibility of her arrest being politically motivated, which could trigger the ANC’s step-aside rule, compelling her party to remove her if she faces criminal charges.

As an elderly person, she expressed concerns about the poor conditions in prison, stating that they were unsafe and incapable of rehabilitating offenders. Her ill-health was also raised, with her lawyer stating that she suffers from hypertension and requires medication.

Manyathi said the state would not oppose bail as they believed that the accused was not a flight risk and considered her health. However, Manyathi requested R100,000 bail based on the amount of money she is accused of receiving.

Some of her bail conditions include surrendering her passport to the state by 4 pm on Monday, April 8, not applying for another passport pending the finalization of the matter, and not communicating directly or indirectly or interfering with state witnesses.

The matter has been postponed to June 4 for the state to add another accused. Prosecutor Manyathi stated that the case would likely be transferred to the Pretoria High Court.

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