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Judgement postponed in bail application for three Phala Phala accused

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Lerato Mbhiza

Judgement in the bail application of Imanuwela David, Froliana Joseph and her brother Ndilinasho David Joseph – facing several charges in connection with the theft of US dollars at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm has been postponed to November 17.

The three suspects appeared in the Bela Bela Magistrate’s Court on Friday and the state state did not oppose bail for two of the applicants, Froliana Joseph and Ndilinasho Joseph, but gave stringent bail conditions such as the handing over of passports and a R5,000 bail for Froliana, and R10,000 from Ndilinasho.

David’s legal representative, only identified as Mr Matlala, could not make it to the court on Friday, according to Senior State advocate Nkhetheni Gerald Munyai

Matlala indicated that David’s bail application would be filed in the next court appearance on November 17.

The trio are charged with conspiracy to commit housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, housebreaking with intent to steal, theft, and money laundering.

Froliana and Imanuela were arrested earlier in the week, while Ndilinasho handed himself over to the police on Thursday.

Froliana denied any involvement and requested that the court take into account the period that she had already spent behind bars and the interests of her minor child.

Her brother, Ndilinasho, who is accused number three, also denied any involvement while pressuring for bail, saying the State’s case was questionable.

“I received a call that his (David’s) lawyer will not make it to court today,” Munyai said.

Limpopo NPA spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said the case was also postponed for Imanuwela to get legal representation.

The president’s farm made headlines last year after former spy boss Arthur Fraser revealed that $580 000 hidden in Ramaphosa’s furniture was stolen at the farm in February 2020.


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