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Former Speaker Mapisa-Nqakula back in court, accused of receiving R2.5 million bribe

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The embattled former Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, will on Tuesday return to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court facing charges of corruption.

The former Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, during her previous appearance before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. File picture: Oupa Mokoena, Independent Newspapers

THE EMBATTLED former Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, will on Tuesday return to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court facing charges of corruption.

The former minister of defence was released on R50,000 bail after she appeared before Magistrate Anna Oosthuizen in a packed Pretoria Magistrate’s Court in April.

The State had requested that bail be set at R100,000. However, Mapisa-Nqakula pleaded with the court, stating that she was now a pensioner and could only afford a maximum of R50,000.

Oosthuizen ordered that Mapisa-Nqakula hand over her passport to the investigators. In a further update in April, the Investigating Directorate (ID) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Mapisa-Nqakula had complied by handing over her passport to authorities.

The former Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, during her previous appearance before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. File picture: Oupa Mokoena, Independent Newspapers

Additionally, the ID said that Mapisa-Nqakula had been provided with the list of witnesses whom the State planned to call in an effort to substantiate the multimillion-rand corruption charge against her.

“The passport was handed in and a list of witnesses was provided to her (Mapisa-Nqakula),” said the spokesperson for the ID, Henry Mamothame, at the time.

Mapisa-Nqakula was also ordered not to contact the State’s witnesses – directly or indirectly. The matter was postponed to June 4.

In April her much-anticipated court appearance came hours after Mapisa-Nqakula handed herself over to the police at the Lyttelton police station in Tshwane.

The prosecution team stated that the charges against Mapisa-Nqakula were 12 counts of corruption under Preca (Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act) and one of money laundering under Poca (Prevention of Organised Crime Act) for allegedly soliciting R4.5 million from a defence contractor.

The State’s case is that despite soliciting R4.5 million, Mapisa-Nqakula received R2.5 million and the prosecution told the court that it knows “what the money received was used for”.

The former minister of defence and military veterans was facing multiple charges of corruption, stemming from a high-profile investigation into her affairs when she presided over South Africa’s military.

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